New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


Style of Steel

The nation's hottest design trend couldn't be more at home in the still proudly industrial city of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Magazine 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

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

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

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

Gorgeous & Affordable: Painting A Hardwood Floor

Homeowners and DIY enthusiasts update a traditional approach to personalizing and brightening up a room. Chuck Stockdill is manning the counter at the PPG Paints shop in Hampton Township, where I’ve come for advice. He thinks I’m crazy, speaking over me as I try to explain. Painted floors are a hot topic on design blogs these days, I tell him.
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

G-Whiz: Google Pittsburgh

Tech giant Google has moved into its new location in Bakery Square and is searching for brilliant minds. Google: A dozen years ago, it wasn’t even a word yet. In 1997, Sergey Brin and Larry Page dreamed up this play on the word “googol,” which is the mathematical term for 1 followed by 100 zeroes.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Minor-League Dreams

There is a certain feel to big-league ballparks, a crackling of energy found nowhere else. Anyone who has visited PNC Park, particularly in the last 15 months, knows the sensation. The stands seem to reach to the sky, vibrating as they fill up. The scoreboard looms over the outfield, its digital possibilities limitless.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Mister Rogers Lives On

How a preschooler named Daniel Tiger is bringing the message of Fred Rogers into the 21st century. While Fred Rogers raised his children on a quiet street in Squirrel Hill, he was busy raising the rest of us, too. Gentle, thoughtful and remarkably powerful, he was a presence like no other for more than three decades.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Pittsburgh’s WeSpeke and CNN are using A.I. technology to teach English to the world

Through a unique partnership with CNN, they’re offering English lessons to the world using real-time news stories adapted by AI into customized classes for each student. 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.