Ari Naftali Melber (born March 31, 1980) is an American attorney and journalist for NBC News and host of MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber.
The show premiered on July 24, 2017 and now averages 1.8 million average viewers, far more than CNN at 6pm and "MSNBC's best rating ever for the time slot," according to Forbes.
Melber's 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.
Columbia Journalism Review states Melber is "a remarkably effective interviewer," while a New York Times columnist said he is "an outstanding interviewer, among the best on television."Melber graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B.
degree in political science.
After school he moved to Washington, D.C.
and worked for Senator Maria Cantwell.
He then joined Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign, working the Iowa caucus and as California deputy political director.
When Kerry failed to win the presidency, Melber went on to earn a J.D.
degree 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.
Craig Melvin said on his show on March 13, 2019 that Melber graduated at the "top of his class" from law school.
Melber worked for First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams at Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 2009 to 2013.
He also 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.
In April 2015, Melber was named their chief legal correspondent.