New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


Bringing context, equity and truth to K-12 education.

As the storylines that built the U.S. are reexamined, K-12 schools explore educating with true equity. Link to Story

Making the most of your outdoor space, no matter how small

Quarantine had us rethinking interiors last spring. This summer, try a mini-makeover outdoors.
The Associated Press Link to Story

No more standardized tests? That may be a good thing.

Roadblocks still exist. But schools are embracing new, competency-based approaches. Link to Story

Welcome to the “pool party.”

In the photos, suntanned girls laugh, their hair whipping around as if their joy can barely be captured. Link to Story

Virus sends a nation of restaurant-goers back to the kitchen

In this nation that so often dines out or gobbles processed food on the run, quarantine has us cooking.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Giving My Mother-in-law Back to Herself

They’re her memories, her stories. I just held onto them for a while.
Breadcrumbs via Link to Story

Ask a Designer: Improving your home’s function as refuge

When your entire life is happening inside your home, it matters how that space feels and functions.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Does outsourcing affect our personal connection to food?

It's easier than ever to have someone else plan meals, gather groceries and cook. Is that good?
The Chicago Tribune Link to Story

Resources are everywhere … where do families begin?

Without warning or training, millions of parents are now guiding kids through their school days.
Remake Learning Days Across America Link to Story

The Betty Draper Effect

What can we learn from the women who did their mothering just before the ’60s reached suburbia? Link to Story

Where There’s Smoke …

My ex-husband took a match to my childhood photos. Now, I’m piecing together my history. Link to Story

Parenting in the age of Alexa and her ilk

Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids’ every command, never tiring?
The Boston Globe Link to Story



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has been exploring the building blocks of modern life -- the ways we design and organize our homes, how we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, parenting, relationships and marriage, and much more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also an experienced managing editor for print and online magazines.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs, which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony. (Visit to learn more.)

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.