Mel Robbins

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Mel Robbins
Born Melanie Lee Schneeberger
(1968-10-06) October 6, 1968 (age 50)
Nationality American
Alma mater

Dartmouth College 1990

Boston College Law School 1994
Occupation Motivational speaker
CNN Commentator
Spouse(s) Christopher Robbins
  • Marcia Schneeberger [1] (mother)

Melanie "Mel" Robbins (born Schneeberger[2] on October 6, 1968) is an American on-air CNN commentator,[3] television host, author, and motivational speaker.

Robbins is widely known for covering the George Zimmerman trial[4]; her TED X talk, How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over, with over 15 million views; and her book, The 5 Second Rule.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Robbins grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan.[6] She attended Dartmouth College from 1986 to 1990, where she studied history, film, and women studies.[7] She received a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1994.[8]


Prior to joining CNN, Robbins worked as a criminal defense attorney, launched and sold a retail and internet technology company according to her official website[9] and hosted Cox Media Group's The Mel Robbins Show, A&E's Monster In-Laws, and FOX's Someone's Gotta Go.

In 2011, Robbins published her first book: Stop Saying You're Fine. She was asked to give a talk at TED X San Francisco where she first gave the basis for the 5 Second Rule. Her talk, viewed more than 15 million times on Youtube to this day, launched her public speaking career.

On February 28, 2017, Robbins released her second book The Five Second Rule.

The 5 Second Rule was the top book on Audible and 6th most read book on Amazon in 2017.[10] She then collaborated with Audible again to launch her talk show Kick Ass with Mel Robbins in June 2018.

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2014, Robbins received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Host - News/Non-fiction.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, she married Christopher Robbins (an entrepreneur, restaurant owner and yoga teacher). She has three children, Sawyer, Kendall and Oakley.


  1. ^ "Why moms should quit" The New York Times
  2. ^ Lois Smith Brady (March 12, 2006). "Mel Schneeberger and Christopher Robbins". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "CNN Profiles - Mel Robbins". CNN. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. ^ Robbins, Mel. "Mel Robbins on day five in the Zimmerman trial: "It's kind of shocking, what the prosecution let the defense get away"". CNN. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  5. ^ Franklin, MJ. "Amazon's top books of 2017 reflect the crazy-ass year we just lived through". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  6. ^ Rachel Baker (November 2007). "Mel Robbins Is Not the Bashful Type". Boston Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mel Robbins, LinkedIn". LinkedIn. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  8. ^ / "Stop Saying You Are Fine Bio" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  9. ^ "About - Mel Robbins". Mel Robbins. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  10. ^ "This Year in Books by Amazon Charts". Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  11. ^ "2014 Gracie Awards Winners". Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-28.

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