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?
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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

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

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

Fresh lemongrass, crushed ginger, holy basil, ripe mango, ground fresh chili — Thailand’s bartenders fuel many of their best cocktails with locally grown herbs, spices, and fruits pulled straight from the country’s renowned dinner menus. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, they’re delicious and (kind of, almost, sort of) guilt-free. Link to Story

Original 'Law and Order,' a New York/New Jersey mirror and staple, shuts down

Since television was born, TV shows have been set in New York City. Most offer up a mere sliver of New York City. For two decades, until it was canceled Friday, NBC's "Law & Order" did something very different. Link to Story

The Most Feminist Show on Television

While no one was looking, a story showcasing compelling, powerful women — and few powerful men — emerged in the unlikeliest place of all: the male-dominated Marvel cinematic universe. Meet ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter.’
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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

Rick Springfield's Girls, Live and (Very) In Person

They had traveled 1,400 miles and waited two decades for this night -- three beautiful women from Long Island, wearing little black dresses to a concert by the pop star they'd drooled over when Reagan was president and hair was feathered. The Heidelberger sisters, together again, had flown all the way to North Dakota -- to see Rick Springfield.
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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

Grey's Anatomy 101

The sharp writing, strong female characters and stellar ensemble cast on "Grey's Anatomy" get diagnosed in detail by writers who know the show.
BenBella Books Link to Story

What happens when Taylor Lautner comes to town?

The rumors started last spring. Girls at Hampton High School gathered around their lockers, debating whether it could be true: Was heartthrob Taylor Lautner, the sexy werewolf from the "Twilight" movies, actually coming to their school to shoot a movie? Amber Beemer, finishing her junior year, was skeptical.
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The zombies taught me to fight.

Last week we watched this incredibly romantic and inspiring zombie movie.
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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.