Published On: Sun, Apr 19th, 2015

Ari Melber Named MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondant

Melber received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Ari Melber

Ari Melber has been named the chief legal correspondent for MSNBC. This may not be such a big career break since the network is known mostly for not having many viewers.

The news channel has been making a number of changes recently. For example, it canceled the short lived and little watched show hosted by Ronan Farrow, Woody Allen’s estranged son who prefers to use his mother’s sir name.

Melber currently co-hosts the MSNBC show “The Cycle.” This is a program where five different people give their opinions on all manner of subjects while also sometimes interviewing people. The gimmick is the split screen which shows all of the co-hosts and guests at the same time in separate small boxes. It’s hard to see how people avoid getting headaches from watching that one.

The MSNBC show “Morning Joe” tweeted Melber its congratulations saying, “Congrats @AriMelber for being named @msnbc’s Chief Legal Correspondent!”

Melber is an attorney and a correspondent for The Nation. He has written for a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Reuters, Salon, Politico, The American Prospect and The New York Daily News, and contributed chapters to the books “America Now, ” (St. Martins, 2009) and “At Issue: Affirmative Action, ” (Cengage, 2009). He also authored “The Permanent Field Campaign in a Digital Age” (techPresident, 2010).

From 2009 to 2013, Melber practiced law at a major New York law firm, specializing in First Amendment, reporter’s privilege and copyright litigation. During the 2008 presidential election, he traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent. During the 2004 presidential election, Melber was a national staff member for the John Kerry Campaign, and from 2002 to 2003, he served as a legislative aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Drawing on his work in government, politics, law and media, Melber has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Columbia, NYU, USC and Georgetown, among other institutions.

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.

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