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Jacob is the host of YouTube Nation, DreamWorks Animation’s daily show highlighting the best of YouTube, and co-host of TakePart Live on Pivot, the television network of Participant Media.

Jacob was an original host and producer at HuffPost Live, the streaming network of The Huffington Post. He has interviewed a wide range of newsmakers and celebrities, from the mayors of New York and Los Angeles, to Bill Maher and Tyler Perry, to survivors of sexual assault in the U.S. military.    

Jacob co-anchored HuffPost Live’s weeklong breaking news coverage of Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting, as well special live broadcasts following the 2012 presidential debates and party conventions.

In 2012, Jacob contributed to MTV’s election coverage, appearing with candidate Mitt Romney. He also hosted the web series Civics In A Minute for Participant Media, a Webby Award honoree. That same year, his TED Talk about American voter participation was featured on the main stage of the prestigious conference.

Jacob co-hosted NBC’s proactive school makeover show School Pride in 2010, a seven-episode series executive produced by actress Cheryl Hines. The following year he hosted SoCal Wanderer, a series about outdoor life in Southern California for KCET, the nation’s largest independent TV network.

In 2008, Jacob was hired as the face of AMC, hosting coverage of new movies and film festivals for the critically acclaimed network. Also for AMC, Jacob narrated the documentary “Committed,” which he executive produced with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. 

After the election of Barack Obama, Jacob developed a documentary for Participant Media about voting in America based on his work running the nonprofit Why Tuesday? organization.

Jacob has also contributed to CNN, NPR’s Weekend Edition and the PBS series WIRED Science. While a student at NYU, he was an advance man to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and presidential candidate Howard Dean. 

Jacob is married to Nicole Cari and they live in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. He is a member of the City Year Los Angeles associates board and a service ambassador for Points of Light.


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About Me

I'm the host of YouTube Nation and co-host of TakePart Live on Pivot.

This is where I post about the best videos of the day, news and other good stuff.

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