Melissa Batchelor Warnke is a journalist and essayist living in Los Angeles. She writes about politics, gender, and culture.

Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Town & Country, U.S. News & World Report, VICE, The Daily Beast, The Verge, Refinery29, Pacific Standard, San Francisco Magazine, The Rumpus, The Hairpin, and many other publications. She is a contributing opinion writer for the Los Angeles Times.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (Rwanda), the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Fellowship for Peace, and the Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting.

Batchelor Warnke took a B.A. in political theory and Africana studies from the University of Virginia and a M.J. in investigative reporting from UC Berkeley. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked at the Save Darfur Coalition, the Open Society Foundations' Africa Office, and the Google Creative Lab.