New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


The Betty Draper Effect

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

Hang with Rick Springfield? Sure, for $1,000

They traveled 1,400 miles to talk with the pop star they'd loved since they were Gen-X teens. - NBC Television Link to Story

You CAN try this at home: Cookbook serves TV/movie foods

It all started with a “fussy little burger” elaborately described by Rob Lowe on “Parks & Rec.”
The Associated Press Link to Story

Fresh From Bangkok: 4 Herb & Spice-Filled Cocktail Recipes

Lemongrass, ginger, holy basil, mango, ground fresh chili: Thai dinner menus inspire great drinks. 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

What happens when Taylor Lautner comes to town?

Their Hollywood crush was at their high school for real. But the reality wasn't quite like their dreams. - NBC Link to Story

Original 'Law & Order,' a mirror and staple of NYC

Since TV was born, shows have offered up slivers of this city. "Law & Order" did something different. Link to Story

New bandmates, new music, new life for Evanescence singer Lee

Every awkward teen girl emerges to navigate the rough waters of life & romance. Few do it this publicly.
The Associated Press 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 seen.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Link to Story

Minor-League Dreams

Far beyond the crackling energy of big-league ballparks, you'll find the subtle, minor league magic.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Bedtime stories are going digital

Don Katz has a vision: Using the tech that brings kids pop music to deliver the Brothers Grimm.
Philadelphia Inquirer 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.