MELISSA RIVERS is an entertainment journalist, equestrian, Ivy League graduate, accomplished public speaker and suicide prevention advocate. While her professional achievements are plentiful, she considers her role as a single mother to son Cooper her biggest accomplishment.
The New York Times best-selling author and award-winning producer developed the special series, “A Conversation With” for Entertainment Tonight and is the executive producer and co-host of E!’s “Fashion Police.” She also remains an in-demand speaker and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, (Crown Archetype), which debuted in May 2015.
Melissa continues to co-manage the “Joan Rivers Classics Collection” on QVC with business partner David Dangle, as well as the many productions she and her mother originated.
In her current role as both an Executive Producer and Co-Host of E!’s “Fashion Police,” Melissa shares with viewers her candor, quick wit and meticulous eye for fashion, which she honed throughout her years covering the red carpet for TV Guide and E!. She also starred opposite her mother for four seasons of WE tv’s hit reality series, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”
Melissa was a college student when her father, television producer Edgar Rosenberg, died by suicide. In 2016, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services honored her with a Beatrice Stern Media Award for her openness in discussing her father’s suicide and her passionate efforts to raise awareness about suicide among youth and college students.
Melissa is also an animal advocate and her philanthropic efforts have raised funds for the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Bogart Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research. She is also a board member of the Entertainment Industries Council, whose mission is to lead the entertainment industry in bringing its power and influence to bear on health and social issues.