About

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Seljavallalaug, Iceland 2017. Photo by Ian Terry.

I’m Melissa: an adventure-seeking, story-telling, internet-loving news junkie. I work in Seattle.

I write about the convergence of technology, open data and government.

Prior to joining the tech scene, I was the research director at the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle, where I used data to tell stories about the people, businesses and industries driving the economy.

I’ve also reported on city and county government in Texas. While working in Texas, I was a 2015 fellow for a data immersion course with Investigative Reporters and Editors, and have participated in other educational opportunities sponsored by the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

I have reported for The Daily Herald (Everett, WA), Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), Dallas Observer (Dallas, TX), Herald Business Journal (Everett, WA), The Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA), Longview News-Journal (Longview, TX), Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, WA), Seattle Globalist (Seattle, WA), Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, TX) and The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, TX). My work has appeared in newspapers across Texas including the Austin American-Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and American Cities Business Journals across the U.S.

When I’m not reporting, I enjoy cycling around San Juan Island, volunteering with the Tibetan Nuns Project (which provides education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet) and catching up on the news.

Would you like to hire me to write, edit or research something? Ask me a question? Send me a link to a funny GIF? Email me!

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