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Asuncion “Sunny” Hostin

(Trial Advocacy)

BA, Binghamton University
JD, Notre Dame Law School

Asuncion “Sunny” Hostin is a CNN legal analyst, regularly appearing across all CNN programming including “New Day,” "Newsroom" and "AC360".  Hostin joined CNN in September 2007. 

Before joining CNN, Hostin was an ABC News anchor and appeared on the Fox News Channel, where she was seen weekly on the “Is It Legal” segment on “The O'Reilly Factor,” sparring with Megan Kelly and Bill O’Reilly on various provocative issues and high-profile cases.

Sunny Hostin has covered many of the major legal and political stories of today, including the George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn and Casey Anthony trials.  She has published numerous popular and scholarly articles in many outlets on topics including securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, sex crimes, crimes against women, foreclosures, and everyday financial legal issues. Publications that have profiled, featured and quoted her include Forbes Woman, Uptown Magazine, Essence, The New York Post, WSJ.com, Latina, and Ebony. Sunny Hostin is a highly sought after public speaker known for her lively and engaging speaking style at corporate and academic events. She has spoken and moderated panels for the Investigative Reporting Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, PRLDF and National Bar Association.

As a federal prosecutor with the US. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, she was awarded with a Special Achievement Award by then Attorney General Janet Reno for her prosecution of child sexual predators and work with child sex abuse.

Hostin was also a Managing Director of Business Intelligence and Investigations at Kroll, the world's leading risk-consulting company. At Kroll, she led groups of investigators all over the world to investigate and uncover fraud.

She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Binghamton University and her law degree from Notre Dame Law School.

Professor Hostin has taught Evidence and Trial Advocacy at Pace Law School.

A native of New York City, Hostin lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, New York.