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.