Journalist, Texas State judge
Catherine Crier is a journalist and Texas State Judge. She joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. Crier served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live.
Crier began her television career at CNN. She was co-anchor of both Inside Politics and The World Today. Additionally, she hosted Crier & Company. Crier has hosted episodes of Court TV’s signature primetime series The System and numerous other specials such as The Skakel Jury Speaks with Dominick Dunne and Catherine Crier, Osama bin Laden on Trial and Safe Passage: Voices from the Middle School. Prior to joining Court TV, Crier anchored The Crier Report for Fox News Channel. Crier joined FNC after spending three and a half years at ABC News, where 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. 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.
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. From 1978 to 1981, she was an Assistant District Attorney and Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.
Crier released her first book, The New York Times bestseller The Case Against Lawyers, in October, 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 on American citizens to demand reform. Her second book, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation was released in March, 2005 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Crier currently manages her production company, Crier Communications, developing television, film and documentary projects.