Ari Melber is a lawyer, writer and television journalist. He is a co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, airing daily at 3pm E.T., and he writes about law and politics for MSNBC.com and other publications. Melber anchors and writes an MSNBC series on inequities in the criminal justice system, Presumed Guilty, and he is a guest host for MSNBC shows such as The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, The Rachel Maddow Show, and All In with Chris Hayes.
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, Politico, The American Prospect, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Daily News and The New York Daily News, 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.
Melber 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. 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’s writing has also been cited by a wide range of news organizations, such as the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Week, The Washington Times, American Spectator, Slate, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, National Review Online, American Conservative Online, BBC, CNN, CBS, FOX News, MTV.com and Wired.com. His reporting has also been cited in over twenty nonfiction books.
Melber has served as moderator or featured speaker in a range of academic, media and political forums, including Oxford, Yale, Harvard Law School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Columbia University Political Union, NYU, Georgetown University, USC, The Center for American Progress, TimeWarner Summit, Democracy for America, Personal Democracy Forum, Netroots Nation, Alpha Phi Alpha and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.