I’m Melissa Batchelor Warnke, a freelance journalist living in Los Angeles. I am a contributing opinion writer for the Los Angeles Times, where I write about politics, gender, and culture. 

My work has appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Town & Country, The Nation, U.S. News & World Report, VICE, The Daily Beast, The Verge, Refinery29, Pacific Standard, The Rumpus, The Hairpin, and other publications. I've worked as a contributing editor at The Morning News, the interviews editor at The Rumpus, and an assistant digital editor at the Los Angeles Times.

I took a master's degree in investigative reporting from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where I was a Dean's Merit Fellow and recipient of the Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting.

Prior to becoming a journalist, I worked at the Save Darfur Coalition, the Open Society Foundations' Africa Office, the Google Creative Lab, and as a Fulbright Scholar (Rwanda). I worked in seven countries on three continents. 

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