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2012 The Root 100

Melissa Harris-Perry is a TV host, professor and columnist focusing on politics, gender and race.

  • Influence: 249.8
  • Reach: 13.2
  • Substance: 8.3
  • Media Mentions: 685
  • Internet Mentions: 218000
  • Twitter Followers: 95171
  • Melissa Harris-Perry

  • TV host, professor, columnist and author whose MSNBC show, "Melissa Harris-Perry," debuted in 2012.
  • Job: TV host, professor, columnist and author
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @mharrisperry
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Age: 38
  • Bio: An astute political analyst, Melissa Harris-Perry earlier this year became host of the Melissa Harris-Perry show, which airs weekends on MSNBC. It has given her a unique platform to focus on oft-ignored topics such as race, social justice and poverty in America -- the last issue being the focus of an impassioned and widely covered on-air query, "What is riskier than living poor in America?" Her growing reach and unwavering dedication to speaking truth to power have landed her at the top of our list. She is a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South. Last year she released Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Like her Facebook page and watch her videos.