Melanie "Mel" Robbins (née Schneeberger[4] on October 6, 1968) is an American on-air CNN commentator,[5] television host, life coach, author, motivational speaker, contributing editor for Success (magazine). Robbins is best known for her coverage of the George Zimmerman trial[6] and host of A&E's Monster In-Laws.[7]

Early life and education

Robbins grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan.[8] She attended Dartmouth College from 1986 to 1990, where she studied history, film and women studies. She received a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1994.[9]


Prior to joining CNN, Robbins worked as a criminal defense attorney, launched and sold a retail and internet technology company according to her official website[10] and hosted Cox Media Group's "The Mel Robbins Show," A&E's "Monster In-Laws," FOX's "Someone's Gotta Go" and was a contributing editor to Success Magazine.

In 2011, Robbins published her first book: "Stop Saying You're Fine".

On February 28, 2017, Robbins released her second book "The Five Second Rule".

Honors and awards

In 2014, Robbins received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Host - News/Non-fiction.[12]

Personal life

In 1996, she married Christopher Robbins. She has three children, Sawyer, Kendall and Oakley.[3] She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.[8][4]