Asunción Cummings ‘Sunny’ Hostin has been called one of the best legal analysts in America and one of the most trusted voices by the American people. She has worked as a legal analyst and journalist for almost two decades, but it was only recently that she became a talk show host on ABC’s The View . We caught up with her to discuss her career and how she got to where she is today. Asuncion Cummings Sunny Hostin: From Legal Analyst to Talk Show Host

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Sunny Hostin is an American lawyer, journalist, and television host. She is a co-host on ABC’s morning talk show The View as well as a legal analyst and contributor for ABC News. Prior to her roles with The View, she was a legal analyst for both CNN and ABC News. She was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. She grew up in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Asunción Cummings Sunny Hostin is an American lawyer, journalist, and television host. Asuncion Cummings Sunny Hostin: From Legal Analyst to Talk Show Host


Asunción Cummings Sunny Hostin is an American lawyer, journalist, and television host. Hostin is co-host on ABC’s morning talk show The View as well as the Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Boston University in 1988 and a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School in 1991. In 2014, she married Anthony D. Romero at Howard University Chapel.


When she was six years old, her father left them. Her mother raised her and her brother by herself. She attended New York University where she studied law. After passing a bar exam, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and Brooklyn. While there, she met a lawyer who encouraged her to move into journalism work on television at Court TV before becoming a legal analyst for CNN and ABC News.

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After meeting her future husband, attorney Steve Linsky, while attending Boston University School of Law, Sunny and Steve got married in November 2002. Their first child, Cole Thomas Linsky was born on May 8, 2006. She gave birth to their second son Marley Parker Linsky on March 27, 2010. Sunny and Steve were once named Sexiest couple alive by Hispanic Magazine. [citation needed]

Physical info

Sunny is 5 feet and 3 inches tall. She has a natural bust size of 34 B and a slender, petite figure that measures 34-25-34. Sunny’s hair is black with blonde highlights, usually straightened but sometimes she styles it curly. The curls are silky soft! Her hair reaches her shoulders and her beautiful dark brown eyes are framed by long eyelashes.


Her legal career started in 1992, when she worked as a clerk for Judge Roger Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After her clerkship, Hostin served as an assistant United States Attorney for three years, prosecuting white-collar crime and public corruption cases in Maryland.


She has been nominated for four Emmy Awards and won two (2005, 2010) and was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2009. She is a past recipient of a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio & Television (2002). In 2014, she received an Emmy nomination for her work on The View.

Net worth

Sunny Hostin is an American TV personality and former attorney who has a net worth of $1.5 million. Sunny Hostin acquired that net worth as a legal analyst and host on ABC’s morning talk show The View as well as a senior legal correspondent for ABC News. Born in New York City, she graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1989, making her one of just two African-American women in her class.

How did you become a lawyer?

I became a lawyer because my mother told me not to. Not because she didn’t want me to be a lawyer, but because when I was growing up we didn’t have any money and she was afraid that it would affect my quality of life. So I went into teaching for about ten years and then I ended up going back to law school.

What made you decide to be part of The View?

As you know, I’ve been a legal analyst for 20 years. About two and a half years ago, [former president of ABC News] Paul Friedman called me in and said that he had an idea of creating a new show. He explained that he wanted an eclectic panel of women who would engage in a civil conversation about politics and current events.

What do you like about being part of the cast?

When I first joined The View in 2014, I didn’t think I would like it so much. But it turns out, there is nothing like being around a bunch of smart, funny women who really get each other.

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Asuncion Cummings Sunny Hostin: From Legal Analyst to Talk Show Host
Asuncion Cummings Sunny Hostin: From Legal Analyst to Talk Show Host

Who are your influences?

Asunción Sunny Hostin has been influenced by and looked up to a variety of people throughout her life. Some of these include her grandmothers, Anunciación Barreto and Alice Hostín; Sunny is named after both of them. Sunny’s mother is also a heavy influence on her. As a single mom she raised Sunny and taught her how to work hard for what she wants in life.

Who has been your greatest support system through all this?

I have been lucky enough to have a lot of help along my journey. At ABC News, I couldn’t ask for a better mentor than Terry Moran. And without saying a word, people like George Stephanopoulos and David Muir provided me with examples of what it means to be an award-winning journalist at one of America’s most important news outlets.

What are your dreams/goals in life?

Hostin was born in Asunción, Paraguay and came to New York at age 2. She attended Hunter College High School and is a 1988 graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government. She received her J.D.

How did you become a lawyer?

I realized that I wanted to be a lawyer when I was in middle school. At first, it seemed like an impossible goal—I didn’t know anybody who had been a lawyer, and my parents weren’t especially involved in politics or law.

What made you decide to be part of The View?

I have known Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg for over ten years. I have also known many of my co-hosts on The View including Rosie O’Donnell and Sherri Shepherd.

What do you like about being part of the cast?

I was thrilled when I was asked to be a co-host on The View. It’s an opportunity that I never thought would happen. The idea of going from being a legal analyst on TV—someone whose voice is heard but who is not necessarily seen—to becoming a talk show host was unexpected and a bit overwhelming, especially since I still see myself as very much in transition and growth. But it’s definitely been great, and it’s exciting to see what happens next!

Who are your influences?

My mother and my grandmother. When I was a little girl, my mother would take me with her when she would volunteer at a courthouse in Puerto Rico where I grew up. I saw her interact with people there and she was just so warm, funny, genuine and kind that I wanted to be like her. My grandmother also taught me how to be courageous and tenacious—she’s from Puerto Rico too—but is from a generation that had no formal education but always strived for excellence in everything she did.

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Who has been your greatest support system through all this?

I’ve always had a support system in my family. My mom and dad were my best friends. They provided emotional support, nurtured my creativity and encouraged me to follow my dreams. My husband, Steve Luttrell, has been right by my side every step of the way, as well as our children — Asunción Jr., Sophie and Caroline. I couldn’t have done it without them!

What are your dreams/goals in life?

Everyone has aspirations and goals, but Asunción (Sunny) Cummings ’87 is a woman who exemplifies how hard work, dedication, commitment and passion can help you achieve your dreams. Sunny left her home in Puerto Rico when she was 17 years old to attend Wellesley College. After graduation, she decided to stay close to home and began working at New York City law firm Skadden Arps as an associate attorney.

Q. & A.

Sunny, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. You’ve had quite a year, what’s next? A. Thanks so much for having me. I am enjoying my role as a host on The View, while also working hard as an investigative legal analyst and reporter at ABC News. I am living my dream!

What ethnicity is Sunny Hostin?

Sunny Hostin was born in New York, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Indian father. Her parents, who met while they were both enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, divorced when she was young. She also has an older sister named Yvonne Sun-Yost who is an actress best known for her role as Maggie Lopez-Fitzgerald on Guiding Light. Sunny Hostin was raised by her mother after her parents separated and is of Hispanic descent.

Is Sunny Hostin an AKA?

No, her legal name is Asunción Cummings. However, she is sometimes referred to as Sunny Hostin (that’s how she introduced herself on The View) but that is not her legal name. Also note that another host named Sunny Lee was a co-host of shows such as Access Hollywood and Extra before quitting in 2009.

What is Sonny Hostin real name?

Asunción Cummings (also known as Sunny) is her real name. Her nickname was given by her former boyfriend, Bauhaus bassist David J who was a fan of Siouxsie and The Banshees. She chose Sonny because it sounded like a cool rock star name. Her full legal name is Asunción Cummings-Vargas, after her mother’s maiden name and that of her stepfather when she was adopted at age nine months. She has also been called Suns or Sunnie.

Is Manny Hostin black?

Before The View, Manny was an attorney and a CNN legal analyst. Prior to that, she was a federal prosecutor for New York’s Southern District.

What is Joy Behar’s salary on The View?

According to a 2013 Forbes report, Joy Behar earns $2 million per year as co-host of The View. A substantial pay bump from her previous salary when she was a panelist on ABC’s The View in 2005.

Who is Sunny Hostin father?

Hostin’s father was a Cuban immigrant who taught her at an early age that nothing is handed to you, and that you have to work hard for what you want. Her father died when she was in high school, but not before encouraging her to follow her dreams. Shortly after his death, Hostin joined New York’s prestigious National Honor Society and served as student council president of her high school.

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