About

As a freelance journalist, Melody Schreiber has reported from nearly every continent, covering everything from the effects of climate change on mental health in the Arctic to the changing tides of livelihoods in the Chesapeake Bay.

She is the editor of What We Didn’t Expect: Personal Stories of Premature Birth, which will be published in November 2020. Her work is represented by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency.

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Melody’s newsletter, Not a Doctor, covers health, science, parenting and more from a personal lens. Right now, she has a strong focus on COVID-19.

Melody is the D.C. correspondent for ArcticToday, where she covers climate change, geopolitics, gender and more in the circumpolar North. She reported from the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland in 2018 and 2019, and from Northern Lights in Canada in 2020.

Her articles, essays and reviews have also been published by The Washington PostThe Guardian, WiredThe AtlanticPacific Standard, Outside, The New Republic, NPR, STAT News, PBS NewsHour, The Toast, Catapult, Vice, Gizmodo, Slate, USA Today, Washingtonian, Maryland Life, Delaware State News, and elsewhere; and she has appeared on CNN and Feature Story News. Melody’s fiction has been published by District Lines, Magical: An Anthology, and Abundant Grace. She is also a contributor to Book Riot.

Melody reported on health and gender in Rwanda in 2019 on a reporting fellowship with the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).

As a journalism fellow with the GroundTruth Project in 2015-16, Melody reported first on the Paris climate agreement and then on the relationship between climate change and mental health in the Scandinavian and Canadian Arctic. One of those articles, for Pacific Standard, was selected as a Notable mention in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019.

Previously, Melody worked as a program manager and communications director at the International Reporting Project (IRP), and before that she was an assistant editor at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Melody received her bachelor’s degree in English and linguistics from Georgetown University, and her master’s degree in writing from the Johns Hopkins University. As an alumna, she helped to teach science policy courses for Hopkins’ graduate science writing program in 2019 and 2020.

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If you have any ideas, comments, links, or suggestions, please feel free to email Melody at MelodyASchreiber [at] gmail.com or contact her through any of the social networks you see to the right.

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