Abc News Legal Analyst
Launched in May 2010, SportsGrid offers a mix of sports news, music videos and other media that follow both the sport and the media world associated with it. Like Abrams Media`s other properties, the site has a power grid that is tabulated using a specially designed algorithm that aggregates a variety of measurements, including TV ratings; Web traffic and distribution counting; presence; 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 transaction.  Prior to Nightline, Abrams was a legal analyst at ABC News. Since February 2011, he has provided legal insight into key court cases and complex legal issues ranging from Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias to George Zimmerman and the Supreme Court. The Irving, Texas-based media company announced Monday that it has hired veteran legal analyst Dan Abrams to produce and host a new prime-time show, “Dan Abrams Live,” starting Sept. 27. The new show, which airs at 8 p.m. East and 5 p.m. Pacific, will add another hour of lectures and analysis to NewsNation, designed as a neutral alternative to evening opinions and commentary on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN. Abrams was the host of Live on the A&E cable network and created and moderated Court Cam, a law and crime production on A&E. He was a Nightline anchor. Abrams also worked as a senior legal correspondent and analyst for NBC News and general manager of MSNBC, while also acting as a presenter for the same network.
 He began his professional career in 1994 as a journalist for Court TV, where he covered the murder trial of O. J. Simpson, among other things. Join Good Morning America`s keynote speaker and legal analyst, Dan Abrams, for a glimpse into today`s hottest cases and the impact of the media on them. Jodi Arias, Casey Anthony, Amanda Knox – these are names we only know because the media decided their trials were worthy of interest. How has the attention these cases received influenced their findings and the general perception of justice in the courts? How has media coverage of legal affairs evolved over time? As a lawyer and media insider, Dan Abrams brings a unique and dynamic perspective to the subject. Don`t miss his fascinating discussion about the influence of the media on how we view today`s legal system and headlines. Abrams is the founder of eight web properties, including Mediaite, a news and media website; Runway Riot, a fashion site for women of all sizes; The Mary Sue, which deals with technology and geek culture, and Law & Crime Network, a collaboration with A+E Networks that produces live reviews. Abrams Media Network serves nearly 15 million unique visitors per month. Abrams is also the author of the book “Lincoln`s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency.” Abrams is the founder and former CEO of Abrams Media Network, which includes eight popular websites: Mediaite, a media news website; Geekosystem covering technology and geek culture; Styleite, which covers beauty and fashion; Sportsgrid, which tracks sports and sports-related media; Gossip Cop, which monitors fake news reports in the celebrity gossip industry; The Mary Sue, a site for “geeky” women; The Jane Dough, dedicated to young women in business, media and other fields; and The Braiser, focused on the personalities and lifestyles of world-renowned chefs.
Together, Abrams Media Network serves nearly 17 million unique visitors per month. NewsNation, based at Nexstar`s WGN television station headquarters in Chicago, has failed to find a large audience for its stated mission of providing a fair approach to the facts to television news at a time when opinion anchors like Fox News` Tucker Carlson and MSNBC`s Rachel Maddow are getting the highest ratings. ABC general counsel Dan Abrams is the host of the new series “On Patrol: Live,” which follows police facing crime and helping those under siege. From October 2016 to June 2020, Abrams hosted A&E`s Live show, which accompanied police officers live across the United States as they patrolled their communities. Using dashcam footage, low-light handheld cameras, and fixed camera platforms, Abrams analyzed each incident with analysts Tom Morris Jr. and Sean “Sticks” Larkin as the police work unfolded. He was also co-host of Grace vs. Abrams, in which Abrams and legal commentator Nancy Grace debated high-profile criminal cases.
 In 2019, Abrams committed to producing and hosting Court Cam, a new show that takes viewers into U.S. courtrooms.  Live was cancelled on June 10, 2020 following protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd and the destruction of video footage of the murder of Javier Ambler.  With his analysis of current events, Abrams attempts to dispel misunderstandings about the legal profession as a whole. Earlier this year, NewsNation also hired cable news veteran Ashleigh Banfield to host a nightly show, “Banfield,” with interviews with journalists and celebrities. Under Corn`s leadership, Banfield now reports more recent news and crime stories. “Just because someone is doing something wrong doesn`t mean it necessarily makes them illegal,” said Abrams, one of the biggest misconceptions people have. “And sometimes it`s hard for me to convince people and they say, `But wait a second, it`s terrible, it shouldn`t happen. And my response to that Despite NewsNation`s failure to reach viewers, Nexstar remains eager to turn the channel into a full-time news service. On the same day as Abrams` premiere, NewsNation will launch a three-hour morning news show hosted by Adrienne Bankert, who joined the network earlier this year from ABC News. Formerly WGN America, an entertainment channel that aired reruns of the network`s hits like “Blue Bloods” and “Last Man Standing,” NewsNation attracted an average of 31,000 viewers with its prime-time news program, according to Nielsen`s figures for the second quarter.
So far, it has not penetrated established cable news networks Fox News (which attracted an average of 2.2 million viewers during the quarter), MSNBC (1.5 million) and CNN (1.2 million). Cable channel NewsNation, launched last year, is looking for a lead in the highly polarized news landscape, but is struggling to gain traction. Nexstar`s young cable news service, NewsNation, is shaking up its prime-time programming after struggling to attract viewers since its launch in September. Abrams is also the founder and CEO of Abrams Media, owner of the Law & Crime television network and news industry website Mediaite. NewsNation is launching a new show Monday night — “On Balance With Leland Vittert” — hosted by a former Fox News correspondent who was hired in May. Vittert`s current talk show, which replaces an hour from the nightly news show “NewsNation Prime,” will be moved into a new era once Abrams joins the lineup. “Too much cable news is polluted by partisanship with shows that focus on indoctrination of viewers and shameless cheers from one side or the other,” Abrams said in a statement. “We strive to present independent analysis and opinions on the most important politics, media and stories of the time, exposing hypocrisy on all sides so that viewers can make up their own minds.” Abrams` foray into fashion, Styleite, began on March 25, 2010.  Styleite worked for fashion as Mediaite did for journalism, starting with news and opinion content and a fashion version of the “power grid” that evaluates designers, models, writers, and others in the style industry based on influence and follow-up. Abrams renamed Styleite Runway Riot in 2015 and appointed model Iskra Lawrence as editor-in-chief.  RunwayRiot.com is marketed as a fashion site for “plus-sized women.”  Abrams` show – analyzing the news with a stubborn host – appears to be another departure from Nexstar`s stated initial mission of an unbiased and factual approach to television news.
But Abrams says he will not approach his role from a defined political point of view. June 2, 2011 – Dan Abrams was named host of “Nightline” and chief legal presenter for ABC News in June 2013. In addition to this role, he continues his daily legal segments at “Good Morning America,” covering a wide range of other topics with a new brand segment on the show. He joins his “Nightline” hosts on prime-time “The Lookout” and reports on all ABC News platforms, including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio.