New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


Let Your Home Tell Your Story

Your home is your oasis, but it's also a spectacular canvas to celebrate your history.
Pittsburgh Magazine 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

Creating an eco-friendly nursery, from paint to fabrics

Parents worldwide (Prince Harry & Meghan Markle included) are keeping the environment in mind when decorating for their babies.
The Associated Press 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

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

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

The United Way and Elizabeth Smart are changing women's lives

In a packed ballroom, the enthusiastic crowd fell silent when Hannah stepped up to the podium.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

Promises Kept.

Enrolling in a great college was only a dream for some high-schoolers. Then came the Pittsburgh Promise.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

How Angels’ Place helps parents escape the cycle of poverty

Poverty is cyclical, says Beth Banas. But education is cyclical, too.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

Ted Dintersmith wants to talk with you about America’s schools

A looming crisis, Ted Dintersmith says, makes you do unusual things. Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: A stylish & multifunctional garage

What if your home had a spare room you'd never noticed before? It does. It's your garage.
Yahoo! News Link to Story

Pittsburgh’s innovative chefs: This theater wants you.

Tucked inside the nonprofit Tull Family Theater is a space that's just waiting for the perfect partner.
NEXTpittsburgh 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.