Dan Abrams Biography
Dan Abrams is an American web entrepreneur and television presenter. He serves as the chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News. He is also the host of Live PD on the A&E cable network.
He hosts The Dan Abrams Show: Where Politics Meets The Law on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel. He is a legal commentator, New York Times best-selling author and former anchor of Nightline. Abrams also worked as the chief legal correspondent and analyst for NBC News and general manager of MSNBC, also doubling as an anchor for the same network.
Dan Abrams Age
Born on 1965 or 1966, Abrams is aged between 52 to 53 years as of 2019.
Dan Abrams Net Worth
The American web entrepreneur and television personality has a net worth of $16 million.
Dan Abrams Wife
Abrams had his first child, a son named Everett Floyd Abrams, with girlfriend Florinka Pesenti, who was part of the winning team on The Amazing Race 3 in June 2012. Abrams is a co-owner with David Zinczenko of the restaurant The Lion in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. Abrams’s sister, Ronnie Abrams, was nominated for a federal judgeship by Barack Obama in 2011. She received her commission on March 23, 2012.
Dan Abrams Career
Television and broadcasting
Abrams worked as a reporter for Court TV from May 1994 to June 1997, where he covered the OJ Simpson case, the International War Crimes Tribunal from the Netherlands and the assisted-suicide trials of Dr. Jack Kevorkian from Michigan.
MSNBC and NBC News
Abrams was a general assignment correspondent for NBC News from 1997 to 1999 after leaving Court TV. At the time he was named Chief Legal Correspondent. At MSNBC, Abrams then began hosting his own show. Later The Abrams Report began in 2001. Abrams hosted The Abrams Report until he accepted the lead managerial position at MSNBC. From June 12, 2006 until October 2007, Abrams held the position of General Manager of MSNBC.
With ratings up 62% during his tenure, Abrams left to concentrate on his 9pm show Live with Dan Abrams, which replaced Scarborough Country due to Joe Scarborough‘s move to mornings. The show aired until August 21, 2008. This show would eventually be revamped and renamed Verdict with Dan Abrams. On August 19, 2008, MSNBC announced that Air America Radio host Rachel Maddow would take over that 9 p.m. time slot beginning September 8, 2008. Abrams took on additional duties with NBC News at that time. They included substituting as an anchor on the Today show.
Abrams left NBC to become the Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News and a substitute anchor on Good Morning America in March 2011. He is also a regular contributor to The View. In June 2013, ABC announced that Abrams would become the network’s Chief Legal Affairs Anchor, as well as an anchor of Nightline. In December 2014, he stepped down as Nightline anchor.
Abrams hosts the A&E show Live PD, which follows police officers across America as they patrol their communities as of October 2016. Using dash-cam footage, handheld cameras and fixed rigs, Abrams analyzes each incident as it occurs. He is co-host of A&E’S discussion show Grace vs. Abrams, in which he and legal commentator Nancy Grace debate high-profile crime cases.
Main article: Mediaite
Abrams launched Mediaite, a news site he described as appreciating the celebrity of the media in July 2009. Managing Editor Colby Hall noted that it plays into the vanity of these individuals without being over-snarky or mean and nasty. The site combines editorial content with analytic rankings of media personalities. It achieved significant growth immediately after its launch, now has over 7 million unique visitors per month and is regularly in Technorati’s list of the top 20 blogs in the country.
Later that month, Abrams and Michael Lewittes launched Gossip Cop, a media watchdog site that patrols the celebrity gossip universe. The site has been described by its designer, Rex Sorgatz, as “TMZ meets Smoking Gun”. On a 0–10 scale, the site rates gossip rumors. The site regularly attracts over 4 million unique visitors per month.
The first official “offspring” of flagship site Mediaite, Geekosystem was launched on January 25, 2010. Geekosystem covers “geek” culture, following developments in science, technology, as well as internet memes and Internet culture. Abrams described the site upon launch as “a broader interest site that will celebrate and cover everything from technology and science fiction to video games and comics.”
Abrams’s foray into fashion, Styleite, was launched on March 25, 2010. Functioning for fashion the way Mediaite does for journalism, Styleite launched with both news and opinion content as well as a fashion version of the “Power Grid,” which ranks designers, models, writers, and others in the style business based on influence and following. Abrams rebranded Styleite as Runway Riot in 2015, appointing model Iskra Lawrence as managing editor. RunwayRiot.com is marketed as a fashion site for “plus-sized women.”
Launched in May 2010, SportsGrid offers a mix of sports news, video clips and other media tracking both sports and the media world surrounding it. Like the other Abrams Media properties, the site features a Power Grid “tabulated by using a specially developed algorithm that pools a variety of metrics, including TV ratings; Web traffic and circulation counts; attendance; number of Twitter followers; on-field performance for players and coaches; and franchise values.” In 2013, SportsGrid was acquired by Anthem Media Group in a stock and cash deal.
The Mary Sue
In 2011, Abrams Media launched The Mary Sue, a sister site to Geekosystem with the goal of “highlighting women in the geek world, and providing a prominent place for the voices of geek women.” Based on its rapid growth and high engagement, in 2014, Abrams folded Geekosystem into The Mary Sue.
In May 2012, Abrams launched a site focused on the personalities and lifestyles of the world’s best-known chefs. Rather than recipes or techniques, The Braiser’s topics consist of chefs who “have gone from being food icons to becoming mainstream celebrities,” according to an interview Abrams gave to The New York Times in late April. It was also nominated for a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award in 2014. This site is now part of Mediaite.com.
Law & Crime
In 2016, Abrams launched LawNewz, a legal news website which also live streams trials as part of its online network. The new live trial network, slated as the new Court TV, launched on February 24, 2017, with A&E Networks taking a stake in the site. On November 13, 2017, LawNewz was rebranded to Law & Crime.
On October 15, 2018, Abrams tweeted about his latest media service he launched, Ambo TV, a christian tv streaming service “dedicated to broadcasting Christian sermons with an in-studio discussion.” It was announced that the service would be available to the public in November, 2018. The station will be located at new studios built especially for Ambo TV at Abrams Media studios in Herald Square in New York City and will feature live programming on the weekends.
Abrams has published articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today magazine, The American Lawyer, and the Yale Law and Policy Review. He has also written for online magazines such as The Huffington Post, Daily Beast, and Mediaite. He is a regular columnist for Men’s Health.
Abrams published the book Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers in March 2010. The book has since been verified as a Washington Post best seller, and it has been translated into Russian, Indonesian, Croatian, Swedish and Hebrew, among other languages.
Abrams’ newest book, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency, tells the true story of Abraham Lincoln’s last murder trial. The book was released in June 2018, and spent five weeks in the top ten New York Times Bestseller list, hardcover non-fiction. Mental Floss rated the book #1 on their list “56 Best Books of 2018.”
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