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 also serves as a guest host for shows such as “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and “Hardball.” 

Melber writes columns for Reuters and his writing has been published by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Daily News and The New York Daily News, among others. 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, and he is a member of the New York Bar.

Email: ari at msnbc (dot) com

Read Columbia Journalism Review’s 2014 profile of Melber.

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