Ari Melber is a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show “The Cycle,” airing daily at 3pm E.T., and he writes “The Law of Politics” for MSNBC.com, a reported blog on politics, law and constitutional rights.
Melber is also a correspondent for The Nation magazine, the oldest political weekly in America, and his writing has been published by The Atlantic, Reuters, Salon, The Stranger, and Politico, among others, and his views on politics and law have been quoted by publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time. Melber has contributed chapters to the books “America Now,” (St. Martins, 2009) and “At Issue: Affirmative Action,” (Cengage, 2009), and he authored “The Permanent Field Campaign in a Digital Age” (techPresident, 2010), a 74-page special report about Organizing for America.
From 2009 to 2013, Melber practiced law at a major New York firm, specializing in First Amendment, reporter’s privilege and copyright litigation. During the 2008 presidential election, Melber traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent. Previously, he served as a legislative aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign. He has also been a featured speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Columbia, NYU, USC and Georgetown, among other institutions.
Melber received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is a member of the New York Bar. (Full bio.)
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