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Ari Melber

Correspondent, The Nation
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Biography

Ari Melber is a co-host of MSNBC’s ensemble show The Cycle and writes about politics, law and constitutional rights for MSNBC.com. Melber is also a correspondent for The Nation magazine, the oldest political weekly in America, a contributor to Reuters and his writing has been published by The Atlantic, Salon, The Stranger and Politico, among others. His views on politics and law have been quoted by publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time.

Deemed “one of the left’s most important young voices” by Politico’s Mike Allen, Melber provides reporting, analysis and commentary on a range of programs on MSNBC, CNBC and NBC. In addition to serving as a co-host on The Cycle, he has appeared on The Today Show, The Daily Show, Washington Journal, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Hardball, NOW with Alex Wagner, The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Melissa Harris-Perry, Martin Bashir, Power Lunch and The Kudlow Report, among others.

From 2009 to 2013, Melber practiced law at a major New York firm, specializing in First Amendment, reporter’s privilege and copyright litigation. 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. During the 2008 general election, Melber traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent. He previously served as a legislative aide to Senator Maria Cantwell and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign.

Melber has contributed chapters or essays to the books America Now (St. Martins, 2009), 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.

Melber founded “Ask the President,” a project to inject citizen questions into White House press conferences, which Columbia Journalism Review dubbed “an idea whose time has come,” and he has participated in several online coalitions advocating transparency and open government.

Melber has served as moderator or featured speaker in a range of academic, media and political forums, including Oxford, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown University, USC, The Center for American Progress, TimeWarner Summit, Democracy for America, Personal Democracy Forum and Netroots Nation.

Topics

Disintermediation: The Obama Model for Routing Around the Establishment

Everyone knows that Barack Obama upended American politics by using the web to run a different kind of presidential campaign, both in 2008 and 2012. But few observers appreciate that it was specifically Obama's risky strategy of disintermediation - routing around traditional gatekeepers in media, politics, and finance - that enabled him to reach the public directly, beat more famous competitors, obviate legacy media, and build a grassroots army distinct from his party's wilted infrastructure. In this deeply reported presentation, Ari Melber draws on a range of experience as an analyst and practitioner of presidential politics. He mixes stories from the campaign trail and data from recent studies and polls to show precisely how political and business leaders can develop networks to transcend sound-bite press coverage, disrupt conventional hierarchies, and organize people around deep interests and motivations.

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