Hi, I’m Mel. I’m a digital strategist and associate editor working at NPR in Washington DC.
I co-lead NPR’s social team and manage internal projects related to NPR’s social and digital strategy. I am currently working on several projects involving breaking news, sourcing, daily news production, social media, our archives, and analytics. I work with everyone from the VP of News to our reporters to our librarians to interns to producers to our coders.
I used to work as an associate producer at NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where I was responsible for writing and producing all web content and social media for the show, in addition to writing/producing some daily on-air content.
Before Fresh Air, I worked as the director and associate producer at NPR’s Peabody award-winning humor show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (where I wrote jokes) and was a 2006 Kroc Fellow at NPR (where I recorded and produced pieces for broadcast and web.) I have also written for NPR.org, National Geographic, Esquire Magazine, The Pennsylvania Gazette and The Daily Pennsylvanian. My work has been featured by the Nieman Journalism Lab, the New York Times, Poynter, Audiophiles, Current, USA Today, the Shorty Awards, the Philadelphia Geek Awards, the Village Voice, Geekadelphia, and NPR Digital Services Knight Foundation Training. I made my Fresh Air debut on my final day of employment in July of 2012.
I am a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on topics related to social and digital strategy. I’ve spoken at ONA, ISOJ, Columbia University’s School of Journalism, American University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
In May of 2008, I was a passenger in a rollover car accident. The car flipped multiple times across a busy highway in Massachusetts, landing in the median. Based on the accident itself, I probably shouldn’t be walking around on Earth — particularly without brain or spine or neck or back or major internal injuries. The only reason I’m alive today is because a) I’m very lucky and b) I had my seatbelt on. I was told that I would have been a) ejected into oncoming traffic and b) dead had I not been wearing my seatbelt. Please wear yours. :)
And lastly — outside of work, I like being outside, coding in Python, sitting on stoops, writing humor stuff, reading, creating large scale projects that make people happy, Crossfit, running, hiking, pub trivia, biking, cooking, eating hole-in-the-wall ethnic food, and photography. I live in DC in an apartment full of books with my partner A, who is not on any sort of social media whatsoever, and a dog named Sadie.