Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is an American television host, writer, professor, and political commentator with the focus on African-American politics. She was the former host of the show MSNBC.

Melissa Early Life and Education

Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry(Melissa Victoria Harris), an American professor, writer, television host and political commentator. She was born on October 2, 1973, in Seattle, Washington, U.S to father William M. Harris, Sr., who was the first dean of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia. And mother Diana Gray, who primarily worked for nonprofit organizations, colleges, and state government agencies. She has one older sister named Beth. 

Melissa grew up in Chesterfield Country, Virginia, where she attended Thomas Dale High School. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Correspondently, Melissa got a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. She earned an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School and studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Melissa Career

In 1999, after Melissa’s graduation, she got involved in the political science faculty at the University of Chicago and taught there for seven years. After a while, she returned to Wake Forest as the Maya Angelo Presidential Chait Professor of the Politics and International Affairs on July 1, 2014.


On January 5, 2012, MSNBC declared Harris-Perry as a host on a weekend morning show, which began on February 18, 2012, which titled Melissa Harris-Perry.

In 2013, Harris-Perry was blamed by some political commentators for the explanation she did on her program related to collective parenting. On December 31, of the same year, she apologized for a “Photos of the Year” segment on December 28, 2013, that contained jokes about a family picture highlighting former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s family, counting his adopted black grandson.

On February 26, 2016, Harris-Perry sent an e-mail to her co-workers that she would not be hosting her show explaining;

“Our show was taken- without comment or discussion or notice- in the midst of an election season, I will not be used as a tool for management purposes. I am not token, mammy, or little brown bobble head.”

Similarly, the program was scheduled to show as usual on Saturday, but Melissa prefers not to return telling;

“I am only willing to return when those returns happens under certain terms”. Later on February 28, 2016, the MSNBC network confirms that Harris-Perry was leaving the show.

Later on February 28, 2016, the MSNBC network confirms that Harris-Perry was leaving the show. As a result, it was announced that Melissa joined as editor-at-large on April 18, 2016. There she is focused on areas of race, gender, politics, and fashion.


Melissa received 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois book award from the National Conference of Black Political Science. She was awarded for her book “Barbershops, Bibles, and BET”, which was also awarded as the best book from the race and ethnic political section

Melissa Personal Life

Mellisa got married to Dennis Lacewell in 1999 but after spending 6 years in the marriage, the relation seems not going well so they divorced in 2005.

Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry with her second husband and daughter 

Nevertheless, in 2010, Harris-Perry married to James Perry, who is a particular community activist. She is a mother of daughters Parker and Anna James. There are no rumors of the couple’s divorce as the marriage relation is going well.

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Net Worth

Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry the renowned media personality. She has earned popularity as well as enormous money throughout her career. She stands with the height of 5 feet 6 inch. Her net worth is estimated around more than million.