Melanie Schmitz is an established political and foreign affairs journalist and currently works as an 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.

In the past, Melanie has covered and edited defense news, Guantanamo periodic reviews at the Pentagon, the entirety of the 2016 election cycle, and the White House transition, among other things. She has also reported on state politics in Wisconsin, several WikiLeaks drops, the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, several Supreme Court cases, and has written at length about IS and the ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as the conflicts in Nigeria and Sudan. In 2015, she published a feature on Nicaragua’s evolving education initiatives and how government-led campaigns affected literacy and jobs, after doing a deep dive into the fallout of Iran-Contra. Since then, 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.

In her free time, she serves as the editorial and PR manager for an international nonprofit.