Dan Abrams is the chief legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He also serves as a contributor to Dateline, Today and MSNBC.
From June 2006 to October 2007, Abrams was the general manager of MSNBC. Prior
to his management appointment, Abrams hosted The Abrams Report, a nightly legal affairs program, and later hosted the prime time show, Verdict with Dan Abrams. In November 2008, he started a media consulting firm called Abrams Research. In July 2009, Abrams launched Mediaite.com, a website for news, information and opinions about print, online and broadcast media, offering original and immediate
assessments of the latest news as it breaks.
Abrams began his career at NBC Sports in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics and Wimbledon. His primary duties included making coffee runs, icing sodas and keeping certain anchor positions dust-free. Nearly a decade later, Abrams joined NBC News as a general assignment correspondent in 1997 and quickly became a regular contributor to NBC Nightly News, Today, and Dateline NBC. Abrams has reported on all of the highest-profile cases of the past decade including the Bush v. Gore post-election battles, President Clinton impeachment trial, the Oklahoma City bombing trials and the legal debate over the treatment of detainees.
Prior to joining NBC News, Abrams served as an anchor and reporter for Court TV. He covered the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials from Los Angeles
and the International War Crimes Tribunal from The Netherlands. He
also worked as an NBC News consultant from 1995 to 1997.
An accomplished writer, Abrams has had articles published in, among others: The New York Times, The American Lawyer, and the Yale Law and Policy Review. He also writes a monthly legal column for Men’s Health magazine.
A 1988 alumnus of Duke University, Abrams graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science. He received his law degree from Columbia University in 1992. He currently resides in New York City.
Dan Abrams offers audiences his unparalleled level of specialized expertise as a trusted media advisor and attorney who ran one of America’s most significant media businesses. His years of experience as a legal reporter and anchor uniquely position him to unite legal and corporate communications strategies and provide astute insight into how relevant media will best respond to any strategy, campaign, product, initiative or crisis.
The media landscape has experienced a revolution having profound implications for how businesses reach their customers. While the traditional objectives of businesses remain the same – to build brand identity, develop customer loyalty, and communicate with investors – social media has introduced powerful new, cost-effective tools to achieve these age-old goals. Dan’s firm Abrams Research has become a social media leader, advising top corporations on how to adapt to this shifting landscape in order to not just survive, but thrive, in these challenging times. Abrams presentation is a must for any business trying to make social media work for them.
Based on the many dramatic cases he has covered throughout his career, Dan Abrams will take you behind the scenes of some of the biggest trials in recent memory including: O.J. Simpson, Amanda Knox, Dr. Kirk Kevorkian, Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson. Abrams also examines the extraordinary changes in recent years and the important role of television and the media in initiating and sustaining these events.
A provocative, enlightening discussion of President Obama and his complex relationship with the courts, Congress and the law. Dan Abrams highlights the intricate nature of this dynamic including the power and influence – and limits thereof – of his administration on judicial and legal matters and the role of politics within the nation’s third branch of government. Abrams will reveal the backstage maneuvering, the political strategizing and the extraordinary impact of federal court decisions on our everyday lives.