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

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

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

Want students to thrive? Build them a learning ecosystem.

Breaking silos can be the most vital step toward increased equity and opportunity. Link to Story

Healing to Haiti

Rumbling through the shattered streets of Port-au-Prince, their first sight was bodies they couldn't save.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

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

Meet the 5 remarkable women behind Museum Lab

An abandoned 19th-century library will soon be America's largest cultural campus for families.
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

Pittsburgh’s fabulous new art gallery isn’t a gallery at all.

This art-filled 5-story signpost of Lawrenceville’s present and future fully celebrates the past.
NEXTpittsburgh 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

Growing a more equitable STEAM learning landscape

Education is evolving to equip today’s students to thrive in the world of tomorrow.
Remake Learning Days Across America Link to Story

Mac Miller Fund gives $100,000 boost to local youth

Mac Miller dreamed of helping teens build music careers. Now, the Mac Miller Fund is doing just that.
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.