Ari Melber

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Ari Melber
Melber in 2010
Born (1980-03-31) March 31, 1980 (age 38)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States of America
Education University of Michigan, A.B., (2002)
Cornell University, J.D. (2009)
Occupation Journalist
Employer NBCUniversal
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
Spouse(s) Drew Grant (2014–2017)
Parent(s) Barbara Desow Melber
Daniel M. Melber

Ari Melber (born 1980) is an American journalist for NBC News[1] and host of MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber. The show premiered at 6pm ET on July 24, 2017, and has grown the audience to over 1.4 million average viewers, which is "MSNBC’s best rating ever for the time slot."[2][3][4]


Raised in Seattle, Melber graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree 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] where he was responsible for Jewish outreach.[6] He then graduated from Cornell Law School with a J.D. degree, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy[7] and interned at New York County Defender Services, a Manhattan Public Defender's office. He also worked for the Center for Constitutional Rights. After graduation, he worked for First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams at Cahill Gordon & Reindel[5] from 2009 to 2013.[7] He also began writing political columns for various news outlets like The Nation, The Atlantic, Reuters, and Politico.[5] MSNBC took note and asked him to serve as a guest host,[5] which eventually blossomed into being named their Chief Legal Correspondent in April 2015.


Melber is the network's Chief Legal Correspondent,[8] covering the DOJ, FBI and the Supreme Court, and an NBC News[9] Legal Analyst.

Melber won an Emmy Award for his Supreme Court coverage.[10]

Melber was one of the first journalists to report that the firing of FBI Director James Comey could trigger an investigation into obstruction of justice. He reported on May 9, 2017, the day Comey was fired, that a former FBI official told him the firing raised the question of potential obstruction by President Trump.[11]

Melber previously served as the host of The Point, a Sunday evening program on MSNBC focused on legal and political topics, as cohost of MSNBC's talk show The Cycle, and as 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]

Melber was also a correspondent for The Nation, where his writing focused on law, politics, organizing, civil rights, and technology issues. His writings have also appeared in The Atlantic, Reuters and Politico. Melber wrote a report about Organizing for America and has contributed to several books.

On July 24, 2017, Melber began hosting The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, in the 6 PM ET timeslot.[7] On his show, Melber regularly uses hip hop lyrics to explain political or legal scenarios.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Melber lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. He is divorced from Drew Grant,[13] a pop culture reporter at the New York Observer.[14][15]


  1. ^ Lathrop, Daniel; Ruma, Laurel (2010). Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice (PDF). O'Reilly Media. p. 348. ISBN 9780596804350. Retrieved 24 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. ... 
  2. ^ Berg, Madeline. "Mixing Rap And Politics, MSNBC's Ari Melber Produces A Hit". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  3. ^ Steinberg, Brian. "MSNBC to Launch 'The Beat With Ari Melber' on Monday". 
  4. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "5 Things About Ari Melber, Greta Van Susteren’s Replacement" By Becky Scott June 30, 2017
  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. ^ Ballon, Marc (February 26, 2004). "Local Kerry Support Shows Softness". Jewish Journal. The senator plans to fight for every Jewish vote, said Ari Melber, a Southern California deputy political director on the Kerry campaign who’s responsible for Jewish outreach. Melber and other staff members have assembled a group of prominent Jewish Democratic supporters to spread the word about Kerry in the community. 
  7. ^ a b c Jewish Business News: "Ari Melber Named MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent" April 19, 2015
  8. ^ Huffington Post:
  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (21 July 2017). "MSNBC to Launch 'The Beat With Ari Melber' on Monday". 
  10. ^ Steinberg, Brian (2017-07-21). "MSNBC to Launch 'The Beat With Ari Melber' on Monday". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  11. ^ "Ari Melber Says "Former FBI Official" Described Comey's Firing As "Insane," Questioned If It Is "Obstruction"". Media Matters for America. 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  12. ^ "MSNBC Correspondent Ari Melber Uses Rap Lyrics to Get His Point Across - XXL". XXL Mag. 
  13. ^ Levine, Daniel (2017-06-29). "Ari Melber: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  14. ^ New York Times: "Step Away From the Phone!" by Caroline Tell September 20, 2013
  15. ^ New York Observer: "Drew Grant - Staff Writer" retrieved July 30, 2016

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