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Who I am:
I am a journalist based in Chicago. I was an editor for The Associated Press, assigning and editing in-depth stories for 14 states. Besides reporting in Chicago, I have also worked as a reporter in the AP’s bureaus in St. Louis and Kansas City, covering social issues, education, business, health and politics. I've led several editing, media-pitching and diversity workshops, and blog about life and its colorful peculiarities at
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Living in Portlandia: What It's Like

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 5:26am 0 Comments

Portland. Portlandia. The Rose City. Mecca for foodies and green-living gurus. I’ve been here for nine months now and a lot of my friends back home have asked me what life is like here.

Portland-Sign2 Portland is a destination city for many. They’re drawn to the Pacific Northwest for its nature, lifestyle, world-renown food, sustainable living and the local arts and entertainment. In fact, …


Telling My Story for One Billion Rising's call to end violence against women and girls

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 10:38am 0 Comments

I remember the moment he slapped me. If I listen hard enough, I can still hear the ringing in my ears. We both just stared at each other, shocked that he’d actually hit me.

I’d never been hit before. I was never in any teenage catfights, nor school yard tussles at recess. Come to think of it, the last time I’d gotten hit was as a boundary-pushing kid and it came in the form of a spanking from my…


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At 8:42am on November 20, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Melanie, Welcome to She Writes. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Publishing Industry News group and/or in Novelists (Struggling or Not).

Enjoy the site!

Meg Waite Clayton
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Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and The Language of Light, a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize

At 8:04am on November 20, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Hi Melanie,

Welcome to SheWrites. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.


Jill Starishevsky

Prosecutor, Child Abuse/Sex Crimes

Author, My Body Belongs to Me - A Child Sex Abuse Prevention Book


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At 12:17am on November 20, 2011, Misty Chavis Rosenfeld said…

Welcome aboard = glad to have you -You'll enjoy our little group

At 12:13am on November 20, 2011, Monica Medina said…

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