Pilar Melendez is a senior national reporter with The Daily Beast, where she primarily covers crime, justice, legal news, and high-profile trials, including Harvey Weinstein, R. Kelly, and Alex Murdaugh. She holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and previously worked at MSNBC and CNN. Her work has been featured on Max, Netflix, 20/20, 48 Hours, Peacock, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, HLN, Dateline, and multiple podcasts.

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