Widely recognized as one of Southern California’s most versatile and talented broadcasters and producers, Lisa Joyner has earned five Emmy awards, two Golden Mikes, and a Los Angeles Press Club Award for her work. Currently cohosting TLC’s hit show, Long Lost Family, Joyner guides the show’s guests through the discovery process of finding their biological families. As an adoptee herself, she provides a unique perspective, giving her the ability to connect meaningfully with guests and help them through the emotional journey. Most recently, Joyner cohosted TLC’s four-night groundbreaking event, This is Life Live, which followed the journeys of families about to experience an extraordinary circumstance on live television.
Joyner’s broadcast career has taken her across the US. She started as a sports intern at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles before traveling to Laredo, Texas where she developed her skills as a weekend anchor, reporter, producer and editor. Joyner went further south for a morning anchor position in Harlingen, Texas before moving to Virginia Beach where she was the 5pm anchor and health reporter. From there, Joyner returned to Los Angeles and worked at both KTTV-TV and KCBS-TV as a producer and entertainment reporter covering high profile events ranging from the Oscars to the Emmys, Grammys, and ALMA awards. Highlighting her versatility, Joyner has hosted NFL This Morning and the morning talk show, Good Day LA, both on FOX, along with the lifestyle magazine show, 9 on the Town. She also hosted Find My Family for ABC and TV Guide Channel’s InFanity, which took viewers behind the scenes of their favorite television shows.
Adding to her impressive resume, Joyner partnered with Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) on a docu-series based on an idea she conceived, which sold to Discovery Channel. Joyner created, produced and hosted a late night talk show pilot for WETV and had a production deal with David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, Inc. She and her husband, actor Jon Cryer, co-produced the Tony nominated play Ann, about the life of the late Texas governor, Ann Richards. She and Jon currently develop and produce television and digital content through their company, Discount Sushi, in conjunction with Warner Brothers Television.
In addition to her busy career, Joyner has worked as an adoption advocate with various organizations including Raise a Child. She is also 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. Prior to TV, Joyner was a pastry cook who now demonstrates her culinary prowess for her two kids, husband and rescue dog.