MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent


MelberAri Melber is Chief Legal Correspondent for MSNBC, covering the Justice Department, Supreme Court, FBI and legal issues.  He reports across all MSNBC platforms, appearing as an on-air correspondent and host, writing for, and providing legal analysis on NBC programs such as “The Today Show.”

Melber is also guest host for shows such as “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and “Hardball,” and he anchors and writes an MSNBC series on inequities in the criminal justice system, Presumed Guilty, and a series on legal and policy challenges in counterterror, Rules of Engagement. Melber’s writing has been published by The Atlantic, Reuters, Salon, The Stranger, and The New York Daily News, among others, and he is a former correspondent for The Nation and former columnist for Politico.

From 2009 to 2013, Melber practiced law at a major New York firm, specializing in First Amendment, reporter’s privilege and copyright litigation. He has also served as a legislative aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign.

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. He has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Columbia, NYU, USC and Georgetown, among other institutions.

Email: ari at msnbc (dot) com

Read Columbia Journalism Review’s 2014 profile of Melber.

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