New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


4 Ways to Be a Good Traveler in the Age of Overtourism

In cities and destinations from Barcelona to Bali, "overtourism" has become a year-round problem.
U.S. News & World Report Link to Story

Pittsburgh’s fabulous new art gallery isn’t a gallery at all. It’s Lawrenceville’s new TRYP hotel.

This art-filled five-story signpost of Lawrenceville’s present and future fully celebrates the past.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

48 Hours in Bangkok: Your Next Vacation Spot

Despite the city’s image, nights out in Bangkok don’t have to look like an endless replay of “Hangover 2.” 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

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

I Choose Now

I’m still shocked that I went to Kuala Lumpur just for 48 hours. Link to Story

Long-distance Love: How tech has changed our love lives

How can a marriage withstand months spent on different continents? Technology.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Art and Inspiration in Chiang Rai

A deep-dive guide to experiencing this thought-provoking northern Thai city.
Wanderlust Magazine -- Thailand 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

The only U.S. city on NatGeo's 2019 Cool List?

Yup. It's you, Pittsburgh.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

For wedding favors, personalize, localize, do it yourself

Once, the little gifts couples gave out to wedding guests were elegantly predictable. No more.
The Associated Press Link to Story

BBC names Pittsburgh 2019's top U.S. dining destination

“Need an alternative East Coast city break? ,” BBC Good Food asked its readers this week.
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.