Ari Berman

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.

He is the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Farrar, Straus Giroux 2015) about the history of voting rights since 1965, as well as Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010). He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and political science.

Recent Work

How Democrats Could Beat Back Voter Suppression at the Ballot Box

How Democrats Could Beat Back Voter Suppression at the Ballot Box

A new crop of Democratic candidates for secretary of state could bolster voting rights.

Inside the Unlikely Movement That Could Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians

Inside the Unlikely Movement That Could Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians

Amendment 4 needs 60 percent of the vote to pass in November.

Federal Judge Rips Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question

Federal Judge Rips Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question

The judge hinted he’d let a lawsuit against the administration proceed and permitted administration officials to be deposed.

The Supreme Court Gave the Green Light to Voter Purges. Trump’s Justice Department Isn’t Wasting Any Time.

The Supreme Court Gave the Green Light to Voter Purges. Trump’s Justice Department Isn’t Wasting Any Time.

One day after the court upheld voter purging in Ohio, the administration sued Kentucky to make it purge its rolls.

 

Books
Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights

Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights

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.

Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics

Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics

After the 2004 election, the Republican Party held the White House, both houses of Congress, twenty-eight governorships, and a majority of state legislatures. One-party rule, it seemed, was here to stay. Herding Donkeys tells the improbable tale of the grassroots resurgence that transformed the Democratic Party from a lonely minority to a sizable majority.

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