Crier, Catherine 1954-

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Crier, Catherine 1954-


Full name, Catherine Jean Crier; born November 6, 1954, in Dallas, TX; father, a banker; mother, a homemaker and horse breeder; married Michael Barrett, June 10, 1978 (divorced, 1987); married Christopher Wilson (a shipping broker and owner of an import gallery), October 8, 1994. Education: University of Texas at Austin, B.A., political science and international affairs, 1975; Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1977. Avocational Interests: Raising and training Arabian horses, golf, scuba diving.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.


Journalist and news anchor. Appeared as co-host of infomercial with Principal Secret Reclaim, 2008. Antipodes (import gallery), Katonah, NY, partner. Office of the Dallas County District Attorney, Dallas, TX, assistant district attorney and felony chief prosecutor, 1978-81; Riddle and Brown (law firm), Dallas, civil litigation attorney, 1982-84; 162nd District Court, Dallas County, judge, 1984-89; trial advocacy instructor at Southern Methodist University and National Institute for Trial Advocacy; Texas State Bar, past member of Litigation Council.


American Bar Association (past chair of national committee, Litigation Section).

Awards, Honors:

Cited among "twenty young lawyers who make a difference," Barrister, 1990; Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas at Austin, 1990; Emmy Award, outstanding investigative journalism, 1996, for "The Predators," 20/20; Les Femmes du Mond Award, Dallas Council on World Affairs, 1996; duPont-Columbia Award, 2001; two Gracie Allen Awards, Foundation for American Women in Radio and TV.


Film Appearances:

Political commentator number two, Man of the Year, Universal, 2006.

Herself, Spinning into Butter, 2007.

Herself, A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar …, (documentary), Indican Pictures, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Host, Crier and Company, CNN, 1991.

Coanchor, Inside Politics, CNN, 1992-93.

Coanchor, The World Today, CNN, 1992-93.

Host, CNN & Company, CNN, 1993-93.

Correspondent, 20/20 (also known as ABC News 20/20), ABC, 1993-96.

Correspondent and substitute anchor, World News Tonight (also known as ABC Evening News, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and ABC WorldNews Tonight), ABC, 1993-96.

Substitute anchor, ABC News Nightline (also known as Nightline), ABC, 1994.

Anchor, The Crier Report, Fox, 1996-99.

Correspondent, Fox Files, Fox, 1998-99.

Host, Crier Today, Court TV, 2000.

Host, Confessions, Court TV, 2000.

Host, Cause Celeb, Court TV, 2000.

Host, Catherine Crier Live, Court TV, 2001—.

Also appeared as substitute anchor, ABC Weekend News, ABC; guest host, Crime Stories, Court TV.

Television Appearances; Specials:

20/20 15th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1993.

Panelist, Nightline Viewpoint: The Media and O.J. Simpson, ABC, 1994.

Host, America's War on Drugs: Searching for Solutions, ABC, 1995.

Anchor, Voices and Choices '96, Fox News, 1996.

Host, Reverend Billy Graham—America's Preacher, Fox News, 1997.

Host, Mother Teresa: A Special Tribute, Fox News, 1997.

Anchor, Farewell to a Princess, Fox, 1997.

Narrator, The Interrogation of Michael Crowe Special, Court TV, 2001.

Host, Osama Bin Laden on Trial, Court TV, 2001.

Host, Mind Over Media: Voices from the Middle School, Court TV, 2001.

Judge, Pete Rose on Trial, ESPN, 2003.

Laci Peterson: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Whose Curse Is Worse?: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial (also known as Who's Cursed Worse: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial), ESPN, 2004.

Also appeared as host, Safe Passage: Voices from the Middle School, Court TV.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Daily Show (also known as Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2002.

The 700 Club, ABC Family and syndicated, 2002.

Larry King Live, CNN, 2004.

Hannity & Colmes, Fox News, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005.

"Catherine Crier," The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 2005.

Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2007, 2008.


Television Specials:

America's War on Drugs: Searching for Solutions, ABC, 1995.


The Case Against Lawyers: How the Lawyers, Politicians and Bureaucrats Have Turned the Law into an Investment of Tyranny and What We as Citizens Have to Do About It, Broadway Books, 2002.

(With Cole Thompson) A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case, Regan Books, 2005.

Contempt: How the Right Is Wronging American Justice, 2005.

Also contributor to periodicals, including Corrections Today.



American Enterprise, March, 2003, p. 16.

Texas Alcalde, January/February, 1999.

Texas Monthly, September, 1995, p. 110.