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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ASK A DESIGNER: Creating a perfectly cozy place to read

For book lovers, a cozy and well-lit space dedicated to reading can be a home's best finishing touch.
San Francisco Chronicle 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

Digital love: Welcome to the new long-distance relationship

When people ask how my husband and I get through months spent on different continents, the conversation always turns to technology.
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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

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

This year, pass the turkey AND the family photos

This holiday season, along with planning menus and decorating, consider collecting family stories and bits of precious data that otherwise might be lost forever.
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Ask a Designer: style in a small outdoor space

Design magazines and home decorating catalogs tend to feature sprawling backyards with big wooden decks and room for everything from decorative fountains to artificial ponds. Still, with a few strategic choices, you can create something truly special out of even the smallest yard or porch, says Los Angeles-based designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
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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

What Happens in the Google Pittsburgh Office?

At Google’s Pittsburgh office, one of the major goals is to perfect mathematical equations and sequences of code to give users exactly the information they seek. It looks effortless: You type in the name of a product you want, and Google instantly offers pages of links that relate to it. But behind that seemingly instantaneous response is what engineering director Andrew Moore calls “enormous mathematics.”.
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Sweat the details, like doorknobs and handles, to add extra design punch

It's a small thing, often overlooked amid major items like furniture and paint colors when you're decorating a room. But don't underestimate the power of household hardware. These small items, doorknobs, drawer pulls, cabinet-door handles, are "the jewelry" that can add style and sparkle to any space, said New York-based interior designer Young Huh.
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Local company MSA helped to rescue the young Thai soccer players trapped in the cave

Employees of the Cranberry-based safety tech company MSA know their work can help save lives. They create equipment that makes dangerous work like mining and military operations a little less dangerous. But recently, MSA‘s Pittsburgh-area employees had the additional thrill of watching, along with the rest of the world, as their equipment was used to rescue the 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach from the Tham Luang caves in northern Thailand. 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.