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Ari  Melber

Ari Melber

Anchor, The Beat with Ari Melber Weeknights at 6pm ET & Chief Legal Correspondent, MSNBC

Biography

Ari Melber is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, news anchor, writer and attorney. He anchors The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, which draws the largest audience for any 6pm show in MSNBC’s history, and serves as the network’s Chief Legal Correspondent, reporting across all platforms, including MSNBC, NBC News, The Today Show and NBC Nightly News. Melber received a 2016 Emmy Award for his reporting on the Supreme Court. Read More >

On The Beat, Melber reports on news, politics, law and culture, and interviews a deliberately wide range of guests. The show features in-depth interviews with people ranging from newsmakers, like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, to Trump administration figures Jay Sekulow, Stephen Bannon and Joe Arpaio, to prominent legal experts, such as Eric Holder and Ken Starr, to cultural voices like Alice Walker, Dave Chappelle, Annie Lennox and 50 Cent.

New York Times contributor Peter Wehner credits Melber as “an outstanding interviewer, among the best on television,” while The Detroit Free Press named The Beat to its list of the “best” new TV shows, noting a focus on “untangling” the facts rather than the “partisan posturing of so many” shows. The Hollywood Reporter notes The Beat quickly established itself as a “success” since launching in 2017, adding “there are few cable news hosts more perfectly suited” to covering the legal and political challenges of the Trump era.

As a writer, Melber reported on politics as a national correspondent for The Nation and wrote columns for Reuters and Politico. His articles and essays have also been published by the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Baltimore Sun and The New York Daily News.

Melber previously practiced law in New York, and received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Pursuing Truth in a Divided Political Era

Legal Issues in The Trump Era

America's Clash Between Partisanship & Justice

Disruption: How Technology is Revolutionizing Our Politics, Law & Media

A Primer on Public Speaking & Interviewing

Stories From the Frontlines of TV News