Melissa Batchelor Warnke is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her work is focused on gender, power, and pop culture.

Melissa has been a contributing opinion writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2016. Her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Architectural Digest, Glamour, InStyle, Town & Country, U.S. News & World Report, San Francisco Magazine, Pacific Standard, VICE, The Daily Beast, The Verge, Atlas Obscura, The Rumpus, Refinery29, and other outlets.

Melissa 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. She has received fellowships from the Solutions Journalism Network, the Surprise Valley Writers' Conference, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and Middlebury College, among others.

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