This fearless and highly respected former New York City prosecutor knows no bounds. Star Jones is known for her candor, confidence, and uncanny ability to decipher legal and social justice issues. Her understanding of the law and eloquent presence has earned her critical acclaim as a news and legal correspondent. Born Starlet Marie Jones, she would spend her childhood in Trenton, New Jersey with her mother and younger sister. Jones graduated from Notre Dame High school and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from American University. While in college, Jones would serve as the national vice-president of undergraduate affairs for the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She would also pursue her J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center before her admittance into the New York State bar. Upon graduation, the King County District Attorney’s office in charge of the New York City borough of Brooklyn would find Jones a formidable candidate. Jones’s tenure with the King County D.A.’s office would involve her in some complicated, high-profile cases. Her audacious, star quality as a prosecuting attorney would pave the way for her next chapter.
Jones would get the opportunity to appear on Court TV after a colleague passed on her information. She quickly became a regular, offering her legal expertise which would elevate her public profile. Jones would become a household name as the NBC studios legal correspondent appearing on the network’s morning show, Today, as well as NBC Nightly News. Moreover, Jones’s undeniable star quality would impress a producer from Group W Communication, who would offer her part ownership of her own show Jones & Jury. In 1997, Jones would audition for the launch of a new morning show which would feature five women of various backgrounds. ‘The View’ would discuss relevant everyday issues, sharing their no-holds-barred opinions with spirited debates. The dynamic round table forum would receive television honors by earning several Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk shows. Jones is also the President of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). She would develop the organization’s philanthropic agenda which benefits the American Heart Association, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Dress for Success, and Girls Inc. Jones has made it her mission to encourage the next generation. As the president and board member of the Professional Diversity Network, she was the youngest African American woman to lead a public company. Star Jones, attorney, television personality, former prosecutor, philanthropist, author, and lecturer raised the bar and continues to set the standard that all women can be beautiful and intelligent while reaching for the stars.