Melissa Batchelor Warnke is a journalist and critic living in Los Angeles. She covers gender, politics, and culture.

Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Town & Country, San Francisco Magazine, Pacific Standard, U.S. News & World Report, VICE, The Daily Beast, The Verge, The Rumpus, Refinery29, InStyle, Broadly, Girlboss, The Lily, and The Hairpin (RIP). Since 2016, she has been a contributing opinion writer for the Los Angeles Times.

She has been a contributing editor at The Morning News, the interviews editor at The Rumpus, and an associate digital editor at the Los Angeles Times.

She studied political theory and Africana studies at the University of Virginia, took a master's degree in investigative reporting from UC Berkeley, and was a Fulbright scholar in Rwanda. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked at the Save Darfur Coalition, the Open Society Foundations' Africa Office, and the Google Creative Lab.

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