New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


Giving My Mother-in-law Back to Herself

They’re her memories, her stories. I just held onto them for a while.
Breadcrumbs via Link to Story

The Betty Draper Effect

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

Where There’s Smoke …

My ex-husband took a match to my childhood photos. Now, I’m piecing together my history. Link to Story

The Sleepless Generation

It’s 10 p.m. and I can hear him in there. His baby brother is fast asleep. But Mason is wide awake. Link to Story

Mom, Interrupted: Let Me Finish My Sentence

The way we deal with screens – click, get a reward, then click elsewhere – is changing our lives. Link to Story

I Choose Now

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

Finally: Ads That Really Say What All Those Other Ads Are Thinking

Robin Rice won't judge you for all those times you've stared into a mirror wishing your thighs were thinner.
TakePart Link to Story

Meet the 5 remarkable women behind Museum Lab

An abandoned 19th-century library will soon be America's largest cultural campus for families.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

The United Way and Elizabeth Smart are changing women's lives

In a packed ballroom, the enthusiastic crowd fell silent when Hannah stepped up to the podium.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

How Angels’ Place helps parents escape the cycle of poverty

Poverty is cyclical, says Beth Banas. But education is cyclical, too.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

Pittsburgh glass artist Gillian Preston, making the most of quarantine

Glass artist Gillian Preston isn't letting quarantine get in the way of her thriving business.
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.