An Emmy and duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas, Catherine Crier is now a managing partner in Cajole Entertainment developing television, film and documentary projects. Crier, a native of Dallas, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and received a Juris Doctor in two and a half years from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She began her career in law in 1978 as an Assistant District Attorney then Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's office. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney with Riddle & Brown, handling complex business and corporate matters. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas as a State District Judge. During her tenure on the bench, Crier also served as Administrative Judge for the Civil District Courts and worked extensively with the ABA, National Judicial College, and Texas Legislature on legal issues. Shortly after her reelection (unopposed) to a second term on the bench, a chance meeting with a television news executive led to a dramatic career change. In September, 1989, Crier was hired to co-anchor the premiere evening newscast on CNN. Additionally, she co-anchored Inside Politics, all election coverage, and hosted Crier & Company, a talk show covering news, politics and international issues.Crier joined ABC News in 1993, 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. She also worked as a correspondent on 20/20, the network's 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. In October of '96, Crier became one of the founding television anchors for the Fox News Channel, with her prime time program, The Crier Report, a live, hour-long nightly show, during which she interviewed the leading newsmakers of the day. Additionally, she co-anchored the evening news, election coverage and Fox Files, a magazine news show aired on the parent network. Catherine joined Court TV's distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced, live daily series, covering the day's “front-page” stories, until joining Cajole Entertainment in 2007. Crier, a Texas-bred independent with a spirited passion for justice, 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. Her third book, Contempt—How the Right is Wronging American Justice, was published in September, 2006, and Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case was released in March, 2007.
She is involved with many organizations and serves on several boards, including Soldiers For The Truth, dedicated to objective military reporting and assistance to America's troops, PAX, an organization working to reduce gun violence in America that targets the nation's children and the NY Law School Committee on Media and Law. Crier lives in Westchester County, New York. In her free time, she raises and trains Arabian Horses and enjoys playing golf and exploring the world.
The topics for Catherine Crier’s presentations are the result of years of practice within an intensely competitive world, first as a criminal prosecutor, civil litigation attorney and state judge, then as an Emmy winning broadcast journalist, and now as an author. Audiences respond enthusiastically to the insights, analysis and practical instruction Catherine offers as she applies her unique perspective and style to each individualized program.
Empowering the individual in a society that often discourages leadership, creativity and assertiveness is the focus of her remarks in You Make a DifferenceA controversial yet enlightening discussion of the Supreme Court, its power and influence, and the role of politics within the nation’s third branch of government, The Supreme Court and You will reveal the backstage maneuvering, the political strategizing and the extraordinary influence these nine justices have over our every day lives. Behind the Bench — Big Trials of the 21st Century is based on the many dramatic cases she has covered. Catherine will take you behind the scenes in the Big Trials including: Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, Phil Spector, Michael Skakel, David Westerfield and Winona Ryder. The World is Watching examines the extraordinary changes in recent years and the important role of television and the media in initiating and sustaining these events. Government and Politics in the 21st Century questions who really governs in the emerging global society. Catherine evaluates the status and future of citizenship and democracy in the new millennium. Examining Current Events is a timely look at the domestic and international scene with historical context and political analysis to better understand this moment in history and where the future may lead.Based on her new book The Case Against Lawyers, Catherine passionately speaks on 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.
"Nobody captivates and inspires a crowd like Catherine Crier. A recent panel discussion that Catherine moderated for American Women in Radio & Television was hailed as one of 'the best' programs our guests ever attended, thanks to Catherine's skill as moderator and host. She exudes intelligence, humor, style and grace in all that she does."
"We had a tremendous response to your comprehensive, intelligent and thought-provoking commentary. Our guests expressed their enjoyment in the collaborative effort of the panel discussion focused on the economic, political and worldly topics. I could not have better planned the blend of personalities, professionalism and the delightful variance of opinion among those who participated in this noteworthy discussion... I certainly appreciate the talent you brought to the round table. Your experience as a State District Judge and news commentator provided insight, a difference of opinion and added tremendous value to messages of the panel."
"Catherine Crier's keynote address was extremely well received. We were honored to have her join us."