Lisa Joyner, the host of TLC's series, Long Lost Family, jokes that her television career began the way all award-winners start -- after stints as a widely popular food server, pastry cook to the stars, and animal acupuncturist ran their course. Joyner's introduction to broadcasting came as a sports intern at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. From there she developed her skills as a weekend anchor, reporter, producer, and editor in Laredo, Texas. Following an early morning anchor job in Harlingen, Texas, Joyner managed to convince higher-ups to make her the 5pm anchor and health reporter.
After Virginia, Joyner returned to Los Angeles working for both KTTV-TV and KCBS-TV producing and reporting on entertainment stories, including but not limited to, the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, People's Choice, Razzies, Producer's Guild and ALMA awards. Joyner went on to host a show for TV Guide Network (now POP) called, InFanity, which went behind the scenes of your favorite TV shows.
Joyner, an adoptee herself, is an adoption advocate who has worked with various organizations such as Raise a Child. She also is part of a mentoring group for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and sits on a committee that helps to foster inclusion and diversity in school.