2013 The Root 100

TV pundit Melissa Harris-Perry always offers an authentic, rapid-fire analysis of race, gender and politics.

  • Influence: 284.6
  • Reach: 15.52
  • Substance: 8.5
  • Media Mentions: 1116
  • Internet Mentions: 13600000
  • Twitter Followers: 218113
  • Melissa Harris-Perry

  • MSNBC host of the show Melissa Harris-Perry, in its second year.
  • Job: TV Host, pundit, professor, author, director of Anna Julia Cooper Project on race and gender in the South
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @MHarrisPerry
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Age: 39
  • Bio:

    "I live in a country that makes me wish my sons away," said the indomitable Melissa Harris-Perry in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict -- poignant, powerful words spoken aloud on the author's Melissa Harris-Perry show, airing weekends on MSNBC. A teacher at heart (day job: professor of political science at Tulane), Harris-Perry is able to swiftly move between the complex political and policy trenches to popular culture (her breakdown of the cultural misappropriation of the "new" Harlem Shake should be required watching). She is a fresh face in cable-news punditry, and her show has been No. 1 in the coveted 18-34 demo for most of 2013, her #nerdland hashtag trending on Twitter almost every Saturday and Sunday. MHP keeps the conversation going in a way that inevitably includes race, gender and class, always coming armed with the facts, but also a viewpoint, wry humor (tampon earrings, anyone?) and a whip-smart, authentic voice. 

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