Melanie Schmitz is a political and foreign affairs journalist currently serving as a news editor at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C. Her work has been featured across a number of outlets over the years, including Bustle, Romper, Den of Geek magazine, xoJane, HelloGiggles, Opposing Views, and the independent publisher Quirk Books.

Previously, she worked as a political reporter and news editor at Bustle Digital Group in New York and served as the editorial director for an international nonprofit. She has reported on a variety of issues, including the Syrian civil war, conflicts in Nigeria and Sudan, and the ongoing Russia probes. She has also covered Guantanamo reviews at the Pentagon, the entirety of the 2016 election cycle, and the White House transition, among other things.

Over the years, Melanie has reported on state politics in Wisconsin, the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, and several Supreme Court cases. In 2015, she published a feature on Nicaragua’s evolving education initiatives and how government-led campaigns affected literacy and jobs in the wake of Iran-Contra. She has also reported on the spread and prevention of the Zika virus in Latin America and across the globe.

Melanie has a background in Middle Eastern studies and Journalism from Brigham Young University; She worked on several state and national political campaigns, including the 2008 Senate run-off election in Georgia, and in 2010, traveled to and wrote about her experiences in Amman, Jordan.