Ari Melber is co-host of msnbc’s ensemble show “The Cycle,” which airs Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. ET. He also writes “The Law of Politics” for msnbc.com, a reported blog on politics, law and constitutional rights. 

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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