• Born March 31, 1980 in Seattle, Washington State USA
• American journalist and lawyer, known for hosting the show “The Beat with Ari Melber”
• Attended University of Michigan and Cornell Law School
• Chief legal correspondent for MSNBC since 2015
• Married Drew Grant in 2014, divorced 2017; currently in relationship with Alexandra Daddario
• Net worth estimated at over $4 million

Who is Ari Melber?

Ari Naftail Melber was born in Seattle, Washington State USA, on 31 March 1980 – his zodiac sign is Aries, and he holds American nationality. He’s a journalist and lawyer, while he’s probably known best for the work which he’s done for the American news-based pay TV cable channel MSNBC, especially for hosting their show “The Beat with Ari Melber”.

Early life and education

Ari was raised in Seattle alongside his brother Jonathan Melber, who’s today a successful author, by their father Daniel M. Melber who’s an Israeli immigrant, and their mother Barbara D. Melber; Ari’s paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

He knew from a young age that he would be pursuing a college degree, and Ari was thus mostly focused on studying while growing up. He was interested in a couple of activities while attending Garfield High School, as he appeared in a couple of school plays, played basketball with his peers, and also practiced creative writing.

Upon matriculating in 1998, Ari enrolled at the University of Michigan, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2002. He then moved to Washington D. C. to work for Senator Maria Cantwell, then for Senator John Kerry; after Kerry lost the election, Ari enrolled at Cornell Law School, and earned his J. D. degree.

Career as a journalist

Upon earning his J. D., Ari interned at New York County Defender Services, and was between 2009 and 2013 employed at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Around the same time, he started writing political columns for various magazines, including “Politico”, “Reuters” and “The Atlantic”.

MSNBC followed Ari’s work, and in 2014 asked him to be their guest host; he became their chief legal correspondent in April 2015. The same year saw him work as a legal analyst on the show “NBC News”, and some coverages included the Supreme Court – for which Ari was presented with an Emmy Award – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Justice;.

He reported on 9 May 2017 that the former FBI director James Comey and his firing could trigger an investigation about obstruction of justice, which indeed happened nine days later. Ari then reported that now former President of the USA Donald Trump could go for ‘bribing’ Ukraine, which then happened a month later.

Ari covered many important stories in 2019, including Corey Lewandowski’s lies when asked if Donald Trump had interfered in the Mueller probe, he covered when the police tasered a Virginia man who later died in custody, and he revealed that the Democrats were to ask for Trump’s tax returns. He also interviewed many important politicians in his show “The Bear with Ari Melber”, including former Sheriff Joseph Michael ‘Joe’ Arpalo, Kamala Harris and Meek Mill.

Ari once interviewed four witnesses in the Mueller probe case at the same time, and was in 2019 named amongst the best interviewers on TV by various magazines; he was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Live Interview.

Ari’s today mostly focused on hosting his show “The Beat with Ari Melber”, but has also co-hosted many others for MSNBC, including “The Cycle”, “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Nation”.

Presence on social media networks

Ari’s highly active on Instagram, and is today followed by more than 300,000 people, while he’s uploaded close to 1,500 pictures onto the network; mostly featuring him during his everyday life.

He launched his Twitter account in July 2008, and it’s today followed by nearly a million people, while Ari has tweeted more than 50,000 times; he mostly writes to express his opinion about various matters, but also to keep his fans updated with the latest news.

Ari has a Facebook page, and it’s today followed by over 100,000 people, while his most recent update was on 21 September 2021.

He has recently launched his TikTok account, but is yet to upload any videos onto it; Ari’s still followed by more than 1,000 people on the network.

Love life and wife

Ari prefers to keep the details of his love life away from the media’s attention, but has still allowed his fans to have a glimpse into it.

He married the American journalist and author Drew Grant in 2014, in a private ceremony attended by only a couple of their closest friends and family members; Drew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College, and has worked for “Observer”, “Forbes” and “Bunny Ears”, amongst other publications.

Ari and Drew divorced in 2017, and she’s today in a relationship with Richard Alexander.

In 2018, Ari was spotted kissing American actress Alexandra Daddario, but they seem to have agreed not to talk about their relationship; the two have since been seen spending time together on a number of occasions.

As of March 2022, Ari seems to be in a relationship with Alexandra Daddario, was once married to Drew Grant, and doesn’t have children.

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Hobbies and other interests

Ari’s passionate about travelling, and his career as a journalist has taken him to more than 30 US states, while he has also been to a couple of European and Asian countries, for both work and pleasure; his dream travel destination is Paris, France.

Ari’s a lover of animals, with his favorites being dogs and cats, and he has a pet dog which can be seen featured in some of his Instagram pictures.

He likes to read books in his spare time, and his favorite author is Milan Kundera, while his favorite books include “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The Joke”.

Ari enjoys watching movies late at night, and his favorite actors and actresses are Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Julia Roberts, while a couple of his favorite movies are the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Edward Scissorhands” and “Fight Club”.

Age, height and net worth

Ari’s age is 41. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).

As of March 2022, Ari’s net worth has been estimated at more than $4 million.

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General Info

Full NameAri Melber
ProfessionJournalist, TV Personality, Lawyer
EducationCornell Law School, University of Michigan


ParentsBarbara D. Melber, Daniel M. Melber


TV ShowsThe Cycle, MSNBC Live

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Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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