Takepart Live: Cast

Jacob Soboroff:

Jacob is co-host of TakePart Live and he is the host of YouTube Nation, DreamWorks Animation’s daily show highlighting the best of YouTube.

Jacob was an original host and producer at HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post’s streaming network. 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 as 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 organization Why Tuesday?

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.

Meghan McCain:

As the daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, Meghan was propelled into the national spotlight at an early age and has since been involved in everything from community events to national conventions. A powerful role model for young women and Republicans alike, she passionately discusses women’s issues, social issues and marriage equality across a variety of media.

In 2013, Meghan launched her genre-busting docu-talk series Raising McCain on Pivot. The series followed the outspoken McCain on the road talking to unexpected experts and everyday people about a range of topics from bullying and feminism to sex overload and the death of romance.

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Meghan graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Art History. With ambitions to pursue a career in music journalism, she completed internships at Newsweek and Saturday Night Live before joining her father’s 2008 presidential campaign. While working on the campaign, Meghan launched a blog, which gained a wide readership almost immediately and received two distinguished awards in politics: The Golden Dot Award for Best Blog and two Pollie Awards from the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals.

The success of her blog propelled her onto the national media scene as a columnist for The Daily Beast and an MSNBC contributor. In 2010, Meghan became a New York Times best-selling author with the publication of her first book, Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story (Hyperion 2010), inspired by her time on the campaign trail. She then went on to write a children’s book also inspired by her father’s presidential run.

Meghan’s most recent book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom recounts the cross-country road trip that she and the left-wing comedian Michael Ian Black took together in 2011.