Ari Melber

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Ari Melber
Born (1980-03-31) March 31, 1980 (age 36)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States of America
Education University of Michigan, B.A., (2002)
Cornell Law School, J.D. (2009)
Occupation Journalist
Employer NBCUniversal, Comcast
Notable credit(s) The Cycle (co-host)
Television MSNBC Live (chief legal correspondent)
NBC News
All In with Chris Hayes
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
Partner(s) Drew Grant
Parent(s) Barbara D. Melber
Daniel M. Melber

Ari Melber (born 1980) is an American journalist.[1]

He is currently MSNBC's Chief Legal Correspondent,[2] covering legal issues, the DOJ, FBI and Supreme Court of the United States for MSNBC [3] and NBC News .[4] He is also a substitute host for other MSNBC shows such as The Rachel Maddow Show, All In with Chris Hayes and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.[5] He was a co-host of the MSNBC program, The Cycle. Melber serves as a correspondent for The Nation, and his writing has focused on law, politics, organizing, civil rights, and technology issues, and has also appeared in The Atlantic, Reuters and Politico. Melber wrote a report about Organizing for America and contributed to several books.


Raised in Seattle, Melber graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in political science.[5] After school he moved to Washington D.C. where he worked for Senator Maria Cantwell and then for Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign.[5] He then went to Cornell Law School, during which he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy[6] and interned at Manhattan Public Defender's department. After graduation he worked for First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams at Cahill Gordon & Reindel[5] from 2009 to 2013.[6] He also began writing political columns for various news outlets like The Nation, The Atlantic, Reuters, and Politico.[5] MSNBC took note asked him to serve as a guest host[5] which eventually blossomed into being name their Chief Legal Correspondent in April 2015.[6]

He also worked for the Center for Constitutional Rights based in Manhattan.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Melber lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with his wife, Drew Grant, a pop culture reporter at the New York Observer.[7][8]


  1. ^ Lathrop, Daniel; Ruma, Laurel (2010). Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice (PDF). O'Reilly Media. p. 348. ISBN 9780596804350. Retrieved April 2014. The Nation magazine’s Ari Melber understood the larger import of the students’ action. “(T)his incident also shows the prospects for what we might call a substantive Macaca Moment—using YouTube and citizen media to scrutinize our leaders on the issues, not gaffes,” he wrote. ...  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Huffington Post:
  3. ^ MSNBC:
  4. ^ NBC:
  5. ^ a b c d e f Columbia Journalism Review: "Is Ari Melber the future of cable-news anchors?" by Charles Ommanney December 2014
  6. ^ a b c Jewish Business News: "Ari Melber Named MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondant" April 19, 2015
  7. ^ New York Times: "Step Away From the Phone!" by Caroline Tell September 20, 2013
  8. ^ New York Observer: "Drew Grant - Staff Writer" retrieved July 30, 2016

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