Ari Berman

Type Media Center Fellow

Ari Berman is a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a fellow at Type Media Center. He has written extensively about American politics, voting rights, and the intersection of money and politics. Berman was the first national reporter to cover voter suppression during the 2012 election, earning widespread acclaim for his coverage and pushing the issue into the national spotlight. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Nation, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC, C-Span, and NPR. In 2017, Berman won an Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media.


Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law. The VRA is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement, and yet—more than fifty years later—the battles over race, representation, and political power continue, as lawmakers devise new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, while the Supreme Court has declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.


Ari Berman: Recipient of 2022 Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism

Through dogged investigative reporting and in-depth storytelling, Ari Berman has shined a spotlight on the greatest threat to American democracy: the Republican Party’s unrelenting attack on the right to vote.  There is no bigger issue in American politics right now than the GOP’s multi-faceted efforts to subvert the election system and Berman’s indefatigable reporting has uncovered who is behind it, how they are doing it, and why it matters for American democracy.

Tuesday’s Elections Were a Huge Win for Democracy

Candidates who supported voting rights prevailed in key races.

How “Stop the Steal” Republicans Could Take Over Virginia

If Republicans win a majority in the upcoming legislative elections, abortion and voting rights are in peril. And that’s just the start.

This Supreme Court Case Could Decide Control of Congress in 2024

Nancy Mace’s South Carolina district is at the center of a gerrymandering lawsuit that could force the state to redraw its congressional map.

North Carolina Republicans Just Passed a Massive Power Grab to Seize Control of Elections

A new law could give the GOP legislature the ability to overturn results and cut early voting in Democratic areas.

The Mainstream Media Still Hasn’t Learned Anything About Covering Donald Trump

Sunday’s “Meet the Press” interview was more of the same—as one critic put it, “pointless and inane.”

Wisconsin Republicans Are Taking Desperate Steps to Subvert Fair Elections in 2024

The GOP is trying to oust the state’s top election official and a newly elected state Supreme Court justice.

A Federal Court Ruled That Alabama Republicans Illegally Diluted Black Voting Power. Again.

The state’s racially gerrymandered congressional maps must be redrawn for 2024.

We Uncovered How Many Georgians Were Disenfranchised by GOP Voting Restrictions. It’s Staggering.

Forty-five times more people were denied the right to vote by mail in 2021 than in 2020.

Biden Calls for Filibuster Reform to Protect Voting Rights

“Today, I’m making it clear: To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules.”

It’s Now or Never for Democrats to Protect Voting Rights

“The longer we wait, the more limited the impact of the reforms are.”

The Parents of the Michigan School Shooter Are in Deep, Deep Trouble

They attempted to flee and are being held on bond of $500,000 each.