Melissa is a freelance journalist based in Boston. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she graduated from Emerson College (Class of 2020) with a degree in journalism and a minor in fiction. She grew up in the Philippines and moved to Boston in college to pursue a career in journalism. Melissa was WGBH (Boston's Local NPR): Under the Radar with Callie Crossley's production intern. In the past she was an opinion columnist and the sole podcast producer for The Berkeley Beacon, and a romance writer for Your Magazine. Melissa also reported for The Somerville Times and 88.9WERS: You Are Here. When she's not reporting, she can usually be found "walking" (aka dancing) on the streets to SZA, organizing drunk game nights with friends or watching Chopped.
Audio Journalism Column Writing
Data Visualization Feature Writing
Hyperlocal News Opinion