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Ari Melber Biography
Ari Melber (full name: Ari Naftali Melber) is an American Emmy-winning reporter, lawyer, and writer. He serves as a Chief Legal Correspondent for MSNBC where he covers the Justice Department, Supreme Court, FBI, and legal issues. Melber serves as a journalist for NBC News and also the host of MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber.
He previously served as the host of The Point which is a Sunday evening program on MSNBC focused on legal and political topics, as a cohost of MSNBC’s talk show The Cycle, and also as a substitute host for other MSNBC shows, such as The Rachel Maddow Show, All In with Chris Hayes, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.
He was also a correspondent for The Nation. His writing focused on law, politics, organizing, civil rights, and technology issues. Melber’s writings have also appeared in The Atlantic, Reuters, and Politico. He wrote a report about Organizing for America and has contributed to several books. Melber is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Ari Melber Education
Ari attended the University of Michigan earning an A.B. degree in political science. After school, Ari moved to Washington D.C. where he worked for Senator Maria Cantwell. He then worked for Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign where he was responsible for Jewish outreach.
Melber then graduated from Cornell Law School with a J.D. degree. There he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and also interned at New York County Defender Services, a Manhattan Public Defender’s office. Melber also worked for the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Ari Melber Age | How Old Is Ari Melber?
He was born Ari Naftali Melber on March 31, 1980, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. He is 39 years old as of 2019.
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Drew Grant Ari Melber | Ari Melber Wife
Melber got married to Drew Grant in 2014 but later divorced in 2017. Grant is a pop culture reporter at the New York Observer.
Ari Melber Girlfriend
According to Dailymail, Ari was spotted with actress Alexandra Daddario on 5th August 2018 after having lunch together at Cuban restaurant Cafe Habana Malibu. Once Alexandra sat in the driver’s seat of her car, Ari leaned in for a romantic kiss. The couple was first spotted together on 4th August 2018 helping LA-based comedian Richard Lewis celebrate an impressive 24 years of sobriety.
Ari Melber Gay | Is Ari Melber Gay?
Melber is not gay. He has a wife and there is no information showing Melber ever being gay.
Ari Melber Law
After his graduation, Melber worked for First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams at Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 2009 to 2013. He then began writing political columns for various news outlets like The Nation, The Atlantic, Reuters, and Politico.
MSNBC took note and asked him to serve as a guest host. It eventually blossomed into being named their Chief Legal Correspondent in April 2015.
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Ari is the MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent, covering the DOJ, FBI and the Supreme Court, and an NBC News Legal Analyst. He won an Emmy Award for his Supreme Court coverage.
He was among the first journalists to report that the firing of FBI Director James Comey could trigger an investigation into obstruction of justice. On May 9, 2017, Melber reported, the day James was fired, that a former FBI official told him the firing had raised the question of potential obstruction by President Trump.
He interviewed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in Feb. 2019 about whether Trump asked him to interfere in the Mueller probe. Melber later reported that Lewandowski’s response was false. In September 2019 during a congressional impeachment hearing, Lewandowski was questioned about his false answer.
He broke a story live on MSNBC that Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee “intend to request President Trump’s tax returns.” This was on the night of the 2018 midterm elections. United States House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal carried out that plan, formally requesting Trump’s tax returns from the IRS in April 2019.
Ari Melber The Beat
Ari’s show, “The Beat with Ari Melber” has featured several newsworthy interviews, such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Joe talked to Melber after receiving the first pardon of Donald Trump’s administration; Eric Holder, Kamala Harris, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, Dave Chappelle, Meek Mill, Ken Starr. It also had a range of witnesses in the Mueller probe, including Steve Bannon, whose Beat interview was his first-ever appearance on MSNBC.
He has drawn attention for his direct approach to interviewing. A New York Times columnist Peter Wehner, a former Reagan and Bush official, said in February 2019, “Melber is an outstanding interviewer, among the best on television,” while Mediaite writes Melber’s focus on presenting subjects with evidence, sometimes at “great length,” can make for some “fascinating” exchanges.
In 2019, director Lee Daniels got emotional about his life and career with Melber and he said it was the only time he would ever “cry on television.”
Ari Melber Hip Hop
Ari began hosting The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, in the 6 PM ET timeslot on July 24, 2017. On his show, he regularly uses hip hop lyrics to explain political or legal scenarios. He is one of the few cable anchors s to pepper his on-air reporting with hip-hop lyrics. He argues pop culture and politics are inextricably linked and shouldn’t be cordoned off from each other. “There are a lot of things that people learn and live through the culture first, and politics comes afterward,” he said.
Ari Melber Ratings
The show has grown the audience to over 1.4 million average viewers. In a short period of time, the show became MSNBC’s most-watched 6 p.m. show ever, fixing what had long been one of the network’s most troubled time slots. The show has become one of the most viewed news shows online, drawing “around 13 million viewers per month on YouTube—the highest of any MSNBC show,” according to a 2019 Daily Beast profile.
Ari Melber Jewish | Is Ari Melber Jewish?
Ari was responsible for the Jewish outreach in Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign. It is not yet clear if Melber is Jewish or not.
Ari Melber Religion
Melber has not yet revealed about his religion.
Ari Melber Salary
Ari’s salary is not yet revealed.
Ari Melber Net Worth
Melber has acquired great wealth from his television work. The attorney and journalist has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Ari Melber Height
Melber stands at a height of 1.8 m or 5 feet 11 inches.