Fellows Spotlight: Michael Zeldin

This week, we spotlight one of our Spring Resident Fellows: Michael Zeldin.

Michael Zeldin has served as a TV legal analyst since 1996, covering the OJ Simpson murder trial, Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation, Clinton impeachment proceedings, Gore v. Bush court challenges, and the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, he held various senior positions, including Deputy Chief, Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section; Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Offices; and Special Counsel for Money Laundering Matters to Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Robert Mueller.

His study group, "Independent Counsels and Presidential Investigations"  will cover past and present special investigations of U.S. presidents from Richard Nixon through Donald Trump.

What political figure, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?

Abe Lincoln. I would like to know how he managed to do what he did while suffering from a depressive disorder and repeated family tragedy.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by that you think of often?

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, in practice there is." —Yogi Berra

Now that you've had a chance to experience life at Harvard for a few weeks, could you share some initial reactions and impressions? 

This place is amazing. Everything about it impresses me but most especially the students. Besides the IOP, Kirkland dining hall, of course.

If you didn't have the career you have now, and could do anything else, what would that be?

Center fielder for the New York Yankees.

 Tell us about your media diet:

I look at the NY Times and Washington Post first followed by CNN.com. Thereafter, I read everything from Z Communications to the Daily Caller. I do not use or follow Twitter. I think it is undermining intelligent discourse and impairs our democracy. The only TV I watch is sports.