Catherine Crier

An Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Gracie Allen Award-winning journalist and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas , Catherine Crier joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. She serves as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced, live daily series that premiered in February 2001 and addresses the legal perspective of the day’s “front-page” story. Crier, a Texas-bred independent with a spirited passion for justice, released her first book, the New York Times Bestseller - The Case Against Lawyers - on October 8, 2002. In this eye-opening and plain-spoken treatise on the law, Crier shares her outrage at the state of the justice system and calls American citizens to demand reform.

Crier previously anchored Crier Today, which debuted on the network January 10, 2000. Crier’s work on The System documentary The Interrogation of Michael Crowe was recognized with a duPont-Columbia Award, and Crier has received two Gracie Allen awards (presented by the Foundation for American Women in Radio and Television) for Outstanding Program Host and for the Catherine Crier Live special, “Grandmothers: Voices from Oklahoma City.”

Prior to joining Court TV, Crier anchored The Crier Report for Fox News Channel, a live, one-hour interview program airing nightly, during which she interviewed the leading newsmakers of the day and celebrities. Crier joined Fox News after spending three and a half years at ABC News. There, she served as a correspondent and as a regular substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC’s World News Tonight, as well as a substitute host for Ted Koppel’s Nightline. She also worked as a correspondent on 20/20, the primetime news magazine program. Crier was awarded a 1996 Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism for her work on the segment “The Predators” which examined nursing home abuses throughout the United States.

Crier began her television career at CNN. She was co-anchor of both Inside Politics ‘92, a daily show that followed the 1992 political process, and The World Today, the premier nighttime newscast. Prior to her accomplished career in television journalism, Crier presided over the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, TX as a State District Judge. When she took the bench in 1984, she became the youngest elected state judge in Texas history. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney in Dallas and before that, an Assistant District Attorney and Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office from 1978 to 1981.

Crier, a native of Dallas , earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas . She received a Juris Doctor in two and a half years from Southern Methodist University School of Law. Crier lives in Westchester County, New York. In her free time, she raises and trains Arabian Horses. Crier also enjoys playing golf and scuba diving.


Q&A With Catherine Crier:

PR & S: What is your favorite motto to live by?

Crier: Courage to Rise – Freedom to Fail

PR & S: When did you know exactly what you wanted to achieve?

Crier: At about 5 yrs old I knew I’d be a lawyer but never imagined where that would take me.

PR & S: Of the Four Essential and Attainable Elements for fulfillment and success – TALENT, RAGE, TEAM and LUCK – in what order would you rank your possession of them?


  • RAGE
  • TEAM
  • LUCK

PR & S: Who are/were 3 of your greatest support team members?

Crier: Gail Evans (hired me from the bench to CNN), Heidi Krupp, Dr. James Logan

PR & S: What was the luckiest moment in your career?

Crier: When CNN saw my interview tape and invited me to do a “try-out” taping.

PR & S: What (if anything) did you have to sacrifice to achieve your goal?

 Crier: There is always a trade-off. Early on, I put the hours, effort and focus into my “Mission For Justice.” Now I save a bit more for myself and my important relationships.

PR & S: What would you most like to be remembered for?

Crier: Being passionately committed to justice in the world.

PR & S: How do you give back to your community and the world?

Crier: I try to practice what I preach. And I preach constantly through my television programs and lectures.

PR & S: How are you a source of inspiration for others?

Crier: I work hard to stay true to my ideals, knowing actions speak louder than words.

PR & S: What charitable organizations do you support?

Crier: Many wildlife and animal groups; Domestic violence prevention programs for law enforcement families; Boys & Girls Club of Westchester; Westchester Community College.

Learn more about Catherine’s initiative for ACTION by reading her latest book, THE CASE AGAINST LAWYERS: How the Lawyers, Politicians and Bureaucrats Have Turned the Law into an Instrument of Tyranny—and What We as Citizens Have to Do About It

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