Ari Melber is an American attorney and journalist who is the host of The Beat with Ari Melber and the chief legal correspondent for MSNBC.
The show premiered on July 24, 2017, and by 2021, it had become the “longest-running” show at “MSNBC’s 6 p.m. hour in network history,” defeating “CNN in total viewers” and outperforming “any previous show before it” against Fox News.
The Beat topped CNN and FOX News in ratings at 6 p.m. in January 2021, averaging 2.6 million viewers per night.
The Beat’s ratings are “MSNBC’s best rating ever for the time slot,” according to Forbes.
The Beat has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Live Interview in 2020.
According to the Daily Beast, Melber’s show has become one of the most popular online, with 13 million monthly YouTube viewers, the most of any MSNBC broadcast.
Beat reports are among the most popular MSNBC segments on the internet.
Melber was rated “a surprisingly excellent interviewer” by Columbia Journalism Review, and “an extraordinary interviewer, among the greatest on television” by New York Times columnist Peter Wehner.
Melber is an Israeli immigrant’s kid who is Jewish. His grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust.
Melber’s parents are Daniel M. Melber and Barbara D. Melber.
Melber attended Seattle’s Garfield High School and the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
He moved to Washington, D.C. after college and worked for Senator Maria Cantwell. After that, he joined Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign, where he worked on the Iowa caucuses and served as California’s deputy political director.
Melber went on to earn a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and interned at New York County Defender Services, a Manhattan public defender’s office, after Kerry failed to win the presidency.
From 2009 through 2013, Melber worked at Cahill Gordon & Reindel under First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams.
In addition, he started publishing political essays for publications such as The Nation, The Atlantic, Reuters, and Politico. MSNBC took notice and invited him to be a guest host on their show. Melber was named their chief legal correspondent in April 2015.
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Ari Melber lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. He is divorced from Drew Grant, a pop culture reporter at The New York Observer.