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.

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.

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