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, published by Melville House in November 2020. Her work is represented by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency.


Melody is the D.C. correspondent for ArcticToday, where she covers climate change, geopolitics, gender and more in the circumpolar North.

Her articles, essays and reviews have also been published by The Washington PostThe Guardian, The New Republic, New York, WiredThe AtlanticPacific Standard, Outside, NPR, STAT News, Vice, Insider, The Toast, Catapult, USA Today, Washingtonian, Delaware State News and elsewhere. Her fiction has been published by District Lines, Magical: An Anthology, and Abundant Grace.

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 reported on health and gender in Rwanda in 2019 on a reporting fellowship with the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). Her story on malaria surveillance, for Undark Magazine, was selected as a Notable mention in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2021.

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. Her story on mental health and climate change, with photographer Camilla Andersen for Pacific Standard, was selected as a Notable mention in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019.

She has spoken on CNN, WYNC’s The Takeaway, C-SPAN Radio and TV, and Feature Story News, and Working Mother wrote about her email signature and efforts to balance working parenthood.

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. Before that, she worked at a tire shop, a telemarketing bank, a motorcycle shop, and food and retail businesses. (Mostly not at the same time.)

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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