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, Pacific Standard, VICE, Vox, Longreads, Atlas Obscura, The Rumpus, Refinery29, and other outlets.

She is an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she teaches reporting and writing.

Melissa studied political theory and Africana studies at the University of Virginia; took a master's degree in investigative reporting from UC Berkeley, which she attended on a Dean’s Merit fellowship and where she received the Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting; and was a Fulbright scholar in Rwanda. 

Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Solutions Journalism Network, the Surprise Valley Writers' Conference, and Middlebury College, among others.

Melissa is dedicated to helping teenagers develop in their own expression (Camp Cadi & WriteGirl forever). She is a recreational freediver.

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