Bio

With a career spanning government, journalism and TV/film, Blake Zeff is known for path-breaking work in media, creative content and strategic communications. 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.

As a journalist, 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 the media's flaws in covering 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. He's also written and edited for some of the nation's best-known publications including Vice, BuzzFeed, and Salon, 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.”

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.

As a strategic communications expert, Zeff had a front-row seat to the highest levels of U.S. government and campaigns. He was 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 also worked as a communications strategist for two presidential campaigns, and numerous non-profit organizations. For his earlier 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.