Ari Melber


Ari Melber is The Nation's Net movement correspondent, covering politics, law, public policy and new media, and a regular contributor to the magazine's blog. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Contact Ari: on Facebook, on Twitter, and at [email protected].

Melber is also an attorney, a columnist for Politico and a contributing editor at techPresident, a nonpartisan website covering technology’s impact on democracy. During the 2008 general election, he traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent.

He previously served as a Legislative Aide in the US Senate and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign.

As a commentator on public affairs, Melber frequently speaks on national television and radio, including including appearances on NBC, CNBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, FOX News, and NPR, on programs such as “The Today Show,” “American Morning,” “Washington Journal,” “Power Lunch,” "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," "The Joy Behar Show," “The Dylan Ratigan Show,” and “The Daily Rundown,” among others. Melber has also been a featured speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Columbia, NYU, The Center for American Progress and many other institutions. He has contributed chapters or essays to the books “America Now,” (St. Martins, 2009), “At Issue: Affirmative Action,” (Cengage, 2009), and “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country,” (Inner Ocean Publishing, 2004).  His reporting  has been cited by a wide range of news organizations, academic journals and nonfiction books, including the The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, FOX News, National Review Online, The New England Journal of Medicine and Boston University Law Review.  He is a member of the American Constitution Society, he serves on the advisory board of the Roosevelt Institute and lives in Manhattan.


Ned Lamont’s Digital Constituency Ned Lamont’s Digital Constituency

Liberal bloggers were just one aspect of a sophisticated netroots strategy that led Ned Lamont to victory. Lamont must now leverage his digital constituency to force Joe Lieberman ...

Aug 9, 2006 / Feature / Ari Melber

Lieberman Digs In Lieberman Digs In

In New Haven, Joe Lieberman dismissed questions about a possible independent run if he is defeated in today's primary by antiwar candidate Ned Lamont and declared if re-elected to ...

Aug 8, 2006 / Feature / Ari Melber

Web, Lieberman and the Netroots Web, Lieberman and the Netroots

As progressive bloggers seek the ouster of Joe Lieberman, they have recruited "Reagan Democrat" Jim Webb to challenge George Allen in Virginia. What does this say about netroots De...

Jul 25, 2006 / Feature / Ari Melber

Politicos Court Netroots at YearlyKos Politicos Court Netroots at YearlyKos

The growing potential for netroots activists to define issues, mobilize voters and raise significant amounts of money drew politicians to the national gathering, eager to leverage ...

Jun 13, 2006 / Feature / Ari Melber

MySpace, MyPolitics MySpace, MyPolitics

The massive immigrant rights protests drew participants via technology-driven organizing, from text messaging to social networks like MySpace. Is this the shape of political campai...

May 30, 2006 / Feature / Ari Melber

Bloggers at the Gate Bloggers at the Gate

Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, a k a MyDD and Daily Kos, propose to revive the Democratic Party with a technology-driven "bloodless coup."

Feb 24, 2006 / Feature / Ari Melber