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

She has been a contributing opinion writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2016. Her work 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, Broadly, Girlboss, The Lily, and The Hairpin (RIP).

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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