New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


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

What Fools These Mortals Be

Shakespeare described the toxic men of 2017 in stunning detail. It took just 394 years for us to listen. Link to Story

Wedding wild card: those unpredictable toasts and speeches

Even when a wedding is planned down to the tiniest detail, one random element always remains.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Where There’s Smoke …

My ex-husband took a match to all my childhood photos. Now I’m following the breadcrumbs back to my history.
Stuff Dot Life Link to Story

48 Hours in Bangkok: Your Next Vacation Spot

Despite the city’s image, nights out in Bangkok don’t have to look like an endless replay of “Hangover 2.” Link to Story

How to Create Your Best Gallery Wall

An eye-catching and sentimental wall of art can add personality and depth to a room. Here's how.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Digital love: Welcome to the new long-distance relationship

When people ask how my husband and I get through months spent on different continents, the conversation always turns to technology.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Promises Kept

In a city where higher education reigns supreme, enrolling in a great college was simply a dream for some local high-schoolers — until The Pittsburgh Promise came along.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Tiny zombies: Halloween’s goriest go kindergarten

Prepare yourself this year for a procession of pint-sized trick-or-treaters like none you’ve encountered before.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Link to Story

The Body Future

Research in regenerative medicine could someday make Steve Austin seem ordinary. Read on: You might not believe your eyes (and there’s new hope for those, too).
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Healing to Haiti

In January, 13 doctors and medical personnel from Allegheny General Hospital took their medical expertise to the people of earthquake-devastated Haiti. The team returned with experiences that will help improve the care they provide here. They arrived late at night. Rumbling by truck through the shattered streets of Port-au-Prince, the earthquake-devastated capital of Haiti, they passed bodies left unburied and piles of rubble that barely resembled the buildings they once had been.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

The First Amendment Conference in the wake of Antwon Rose's death

Freedom of speech is too often misunderstood or undervalued, and so is freedom of the press, said The Pittsburgh Foundation’s President and CEO Maxwell King, as he opened the First Amendment for the Twenty-First Century conference yesterday. “Freedom of speech,” he said, “isn’t something that takes place in some ether over the nation. Link to Story



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has explored 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 served as a print and online magazine managing editor and media consultant.

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.

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