Melissa’s work has been followed or referenced by NPR, BBC News, the Guardian, Slate, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Gawker, Jezebel, the New York Daily News, Daily Kos, RealClearPolitics, BillMoyers.com, WSJ.com, Bloomberg, and other outlets.


Peter Thiel Is Almost Definitely Behind This Mysterious 'Heterodox Science' Course (Broke in The Verge (Vox). Follow story here)

Harassment Case Stresses UC's Shortcomings (Broke in the San Francisco Chronicle, online and in print on the front page. Radio interview here. Follow story here)


There Is No Other Way To Say This: On Carolyn Forché’s What You Have Heard Is True, Authoritarian States, And Censorship (Longreads)

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #149: Susan Orlean
(The Rumpus)


How Do You Accidentally End Up Running A Pet Cemetery? (Atlas Obscura)

The Evolving Obituary (Pacific Standard)


Wow, Does It Feel Good To Be Wrong About Nancy Pelosi (Los Angeles Times)

Five Lessons From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Visit To L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

Rewiring The Democratic Brain With George Lakoff (San Francisco Magazine)

…& 2020 (Profiles & Features)

The Women Who Want Marianne Williamson To Be President (InStyle)

20 For 2020: The Candidates (MBW was on the team that made this for Shondaland)

…& 2020 (Analysis & Hot Takes)

You Democratic Presidential Pretenders Have Had Your Fun. Now Get Back To Work (Los Angeles Times)

Elizabeth Warren Stands Alone And Other Takeaways From The Democratic Debates (Los Angeles Times)

Uninspired By The Crop Of 2020 Dems? Keep Your Eyes On Mayor Pete (Los Angeles Times)

Joe Biden For President? Thank U, Next (Los Angeles Times)


The Rise And Fall Of The Tankini (The Goods (Vox))

Why Platform Sneakers Might Be The Ultimate Winter Shoe (FASHION Magazine)


How Recreational Marijuana In California Left Chemists In The Dark (The Verge (Vox))

In Brooklyn, Veritas: Some Committed Few Are Keeping Latin Education Alive In The Borough. But Why Bother? (BKLYNR)


Post-Paparazzi: The Celebrity Photo In The Age Of Instagram (Pressland)

For Hollywood Women, The Most Exclusive Invite Of The Year Isn’t An Awards Show — And It Takes Place In An L.A. Living Room (InStyle)

White People, Be Like Ed Skrein. Stop Apologizing For A Lack Of Diversity And Do Something About It (Los Angeles Times)


Coming Home To A Song (House Beautiful)

Comedy Couple Paul W. Downs And Lucia Aniello’s Laid-Back Hollywood Dream Home (Architectural Digest)

Judy Greer’s Los Angeles Home Is Perfectly Playful And Practical (Architectural Digest)


The Generalist: An Interview With Author Robert Sullivan (BKLYNR) 

Building The Muscle: A Conversation With Kristi Coulter (The Rumpus)

Mars On Mars: An Interview With Artist Stella Maria Baer (The Morning News)


What Natural Disaster Can Teach Us (Los Angeles Times)

Forget Everything That Means Nothing, And Other New Year’s Resolutions (Los Angeles Times)

We Can Learn From The Orlando Attack, But Only If We're Willing To Be Brave (Los Angeles Times)


Stop Publishing Unverified Information, You Numbskulls. Donald Trump Feeds On Your Rumors (Los Angeles Times)

Dear Media: When You Cover Death By Suicide, Do It Thoughtfully (Los Angeles Times)


There Is No Void Where Abusive Male ‘Geniuses’ Once Stood (Los Angeles Times)

For Sexual Assault Survivors, The Kavanaugh Confirmation Is A Hell Made Of Ice, Not Fire (Los Angeles Times)

ENOUGH: That Too Is An Ordinary Story (The Rumpus)


Bono, Pass The Mic (BRIGHT)

Hey, Nonprofit Offices. 1985 Called And It Wants Its Taupe Walls Back (BRIGHT)


Trulia, Love Of My Lives (Architectural Digest)

The Summer Of Lana Del Rey (The Rumpus)


James Rickman Leads Playboy In The #MeToo Era (California Magazine)

Debra Messing Gets Honest (InStyle)

Sixty, Sober, And Starting Over (Oakland North)


If You Want To Try To Protect Roe Vs. Wade, Do It Now (Los Angeles Times)

Roe Vs. Wade Is On The Stand. Could A Grassroots Movement Save It? (California Magazine)  

Can Cities Save Our Reproductive Rights From The Grabby Hands Of Donald Trump? (The Nation)


Facebook Is Awful And Only Getting Worse And I’m Never Leaving (Los Angeles Times)

In The Tech Industry, Sexism Is In The Water (Los Angeles Times)

Why We Were Addicted To Our Tamagotchis (VICE)


Elegy For An Imagined Country (Los Angeles Times)

Turning The Mirror Back On Donald Trump (Los Angeles Times)

Forget Melania Trump. The Republican Party Platform Is the Circus We Need To Watch (Los Angeles Times)


‘Fleabag’ Is A Funny TV Show. It’s Also A Master Class In Grief, Change And Growth (The Lily (Washington Post))

How ‘PEN15’ Gets Middle School Girls Right (The Lily (Washington Post))

The Biggest Sin On ‘The Bachelor’ Isn’t The Age Difference (The Lily (Washington Post))


Call Me A Coddled Snowflake, But Trump's Fetish For Nukes Is Infinitely More Terrifying Than His Other Outrages (Los Angeles Times)

One Group Is Responsible For America’s Culture Of Violence, And It Isn’t Cops, Black Americans, Muslims, Or Rednecks. It’s Men (Los Angeles Times)

Community Mourns Loss Of Oakland Artist, Shot Dead While Painting A Peace Mural (Oakland North)


Gen Z Can Save Us, If We’ll Let Them (Los Angeles Times)

All I Want For Christmas Is The Godforsaken Spammers To Stop Calling (Los Angeles Times)

Millennials Are Having Less Sex Than Any Generation In 60 Years. Here’s Why It Matters (Los Angeles Times)

Many more available upon request.