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Dan Abrams
Dan Abrams is NBC News chief legal analyst and the CEO of global media strategy firm Abrams Research.

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.

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 OJ Simpson criminal and civil trials from Los Angeles, the International War Crimes Tribunal from The Netherlands, and the assisted-suicide trials of Dr. Kevorkian from Michigan. 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.

Entries by Dan Abrams

Casey Anthony Coverage: Far Less Dangerous Than Media's Political Reporting

(18) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 5:09 PM

I am rarely accurate with prognostications or predictions but I am feeling pretty confident about two things: 1) there will be another high-profile trial in the not too distant future, like Casey Anthony’s, that will capture the attention of the nation and the media; and 2) it will be followed...

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Please Stop Complaining About the Media's 'Ground Zero Mosque' Coverage

(276) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 10:43 AM

Now that the initial furor has died down, much of the media is quickly coming to a consensus that the debate over building a Muslim community and prayer center two blocks from Ground Zero was overblown. It is/was part of a "summer of fear," a "

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Frank Rich Fails In Comparing WikiLeaks To Pentagon Papers

(174) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 10:54 AM

Frank Rich is frustrated. He is clearly annoyed that the Wikileaks release of almost 92,000 pages of documents related to the war in Afghanistan has not become more of a rallying cry to end that military effort. Or more specifically, he is seeking to reassure those hoping it will ultimately...

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Elena Kagan: Way Too Boring For Scandal-Starved Media

(26) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 5:44 PM

It must have been a virtual scream on newsroom/blogger computer screens around the nation. The moment it became clear that President Obama would be nominating Elena Kagan, editors simultaneously posing the same and obvious question: What do we really know about her? Of course, it is a far more loaded...

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The Unedited Truth: Why MSNBC Re-Airs 9/11 Coverage

(142) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM

Isn't it ghastly? Will we be accused of capitalizing on the nation's grief? Is it still too soon?

Those were just some of the questions we faced when deciding whether to replay NBC's 9/11 coverage when I was General Manager of MSNBC back in 2006. As I watched MSNBC...

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Remembering Dominick Dunne

(36) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 9:54 PM

It was no easy feat becoming Dominick Dunne. Think about it. He was the most celebrated chronicler of downtrodden socialites. He feasted on their famine with little sympathy or admiration for their formerly exalted positions. Yet somehow they invited him back. Not only was he invited back to the most...

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Cronkite Coverage That Might Make Cronkite Cringe

(40) Comments | Posted July 18, 2009 | 2:35 PM

It's hard to believe that Walter Cronkite has not been a staple on the air for over 28 years. Through all that time, he has achieved something few in this age of information overload could do when removed from the spotlight for so long. He remained the standard bearer, the...

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Introducing Mediaite

(14) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 9:57 AM

Welcome to Mediaite, the website of and about the media. It's my hope that after checking out the site you will see this as a unique property that will quickly become the must-read for anyone interested in media, the business of it and the personalities behind it. We have assembled...

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Presumed Innocent? Bernie Madoff?

(49) Comments | Posted March 1, 2009 | 8:31 PM

People constantly complain to me about news coverage of criminal cases. "What happened to the presumption of innocence?" they ask at almost every turn. Well, I'm tired of it.

I don't presume that Bernie Madoff is innocent. The same goes for toddler Caylee Anthony's mom Casey, or for any of...

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Bill O'Reilly Should Not Be Giving Quizzes on the Factor

(22) Comments | Posted June 26, 2008 | 9:01 PM

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A Letter to Karl Rove

(150) Comments | Posted April 21, 2008 | 3:30 PM

April 21, 2008

Dear Mr. Rove:

I write in response to your letter about my coverage of the Siegelman case -- a case we have been covering extensively. Its potential significance to the American justice system extends well beyond the halls of the Alabama Statehouse.

Your letter poses...

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(35) Comments | Posted March 14, 2008 | 5:36 PM

We are thrilled to be finally launching my new show Verdict on Monday. For the past six months, we have been assessing exactly what this show should be. Political? Legal? What about pop culture? Verdict will examine all of the most controversial stories of the day through the eyes of...

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SuperDelegates Super Scam

(116) Comments | Posted February 12, 2008 | 2:51 PM

College junior Jason Rae's cell phone is blowing up, not with invites to tonight's kegger from the local sorority at Marquette University in Wisconsin, but with calls from the likes of Chelsea Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Sen. John Kerry and former President Bill Clinton.

Rae is one...

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Voters Not Superdelegates

(262) Comments | Posted February 8, 2008 | 5:52 PM

As Republicans get their political house in order with Romney bowing out and Mccain making nice with the conservative wing of the party, Democrats appear to be heading towards chaos. Most troubling is that party insiders, members of Congress, union leaders, party officials and an assortment of activists known as...

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On Their Trail

(7) Comments | Posted January 11, 2008 | 9:04 AM

We've inaugurated a new segment on my show called, On Their Trail. It's our look at the candidates' misstatements, blunders and cheap shots. We've started this recurring segment because there are so many examples out there -- and too few in the mainstream media are keeping track.

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Changes in the Civil Rights Division

(95) Comments | Posted December 16, 2007 | 4:30 PM

Just three days after our series Bush League Justice exposed the dismal record of this Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, in particular the voting rights section, now we learn that the head of that division, John Tanner, is "resigning" effective immediately. For weeks, civil rights advocates had been calling for...

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Bush League Justice

(67) Comments | Posted December 9, 2007 | 4:53 PM

Bush League Justice is a series (airing Monday-Thursday at 9 pm on MSNBC) that stems from my increasing frustration and outrage over how the Bush administration has politicized the usually apolitical Justice Department. In the process, it has significantly abused its authority to try to enhance power at the expense...

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