Bio

With a career spanning government, media and film, Blake Zeff is known for path-breaking content with a conscience. His work has explored issues like America's student loan crisis, the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practice, homelessness, public corruption, poverty, wrongful convictions, and the economic divide within the Democratic Party.

The former politics editor of Salon and editor-in-chief of CAFE, he's also written for some of the nation's best-known publications including Vice, GQ, Politico and BuzzFeed, with his writing on New York politics for Capital New York resulting in several exclusive reports and influential columns, leading him to be called "Mr. New York politics.”

Zeff is the director and producer of the forthcoming investigative documentary LOAN WOLVES, probing the origins and effects of the student debt crisis in America. Slated for late 2021, the project takes viewers on a rollicking cross-country adventure as Zeff investigates which politician quietly snuck through an obscure law that set the crisis in motion, and ultimately unmasks and confronts the unimaginable culprit.

While leading CAFE, Zeff created and hosted a ground-breaking investigative mini-documentary spotlighting a water poisoning scandal in Hoosick Falls, NY, as well as the subsequent cover-up by the state government. After the expose was released, state hearings were called to probe the government’s response. He also created the viral character Carl Diggler, a fictional political pundit that shined a light on media coverage of American politics. The parody franchise took the media world by storm during the 2016 presidential election, nabbing profiles everywhere from the New Yorker to the Washington Post, with a TV series currently in development. 

As a well-known host & commentator on television and radio, Zeff has regularly appeared on cable news, where he frequently hosted MSNBC's "The Cycle," as well as on Sirius XM, CNN/HLN and NY1.

Previously, Zeff had a front-row seat to the highest levels of U.S. government and campaigns for more than a decade as an expert in policy and strategic communications. He led large teams as a senior aide on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate for three years, and a senior policy & communications adviser in the New York Attorney General Office, where he developed and led its Conviction Review Bureau, described by the New York Times as "the first statewide initiative by a law enforcement agency to address potential wrongful convictions." He has also helped guide two presidential campaigns, and numerous non-profit organizations. For his work in strategic communications for campaigns, he was hailed in a profile by the New York Daily News as a "secret election weapon."

Zeff is a graduate of Brown University.