Melissa Prax

Melissa Prax

Melissa Prax

Culture Reporter

Melissa Prax is Newsy’s resident women’s issues reporter. Melissa is especially interested in why gender-based violence continues to persist and possible solutions. That’s led to a wide array of interviews, including with Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund co-founder Tina Tchen. Since joining Newsy in 2015, she’s gotten good at time zone conversions in order to secure interviews with sources around the globe. Before Newsy, Melissa was a production assistant at the Columbus, Ohio, public media station. She has a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism from the Ohio State University.

Recent Work
Brett Kavanaugh during a confirmation hearing

The Time's Up Approach To High-profile Assault Allegations

South Carolina coast amid storm

South Carolina Inmates Won't Be Evacuated. Here's Why.

Iraqi girls meet for visual storytelling workshop

Girls In Iraq Learn To Tell Their Stories Through Photography

Reimagined illustrations of Marvel's Dust character

This Illustrator Gave Marvel's Dust Character A Realistic Makeover

Fred Martins' portraits of Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali

Artist Pays Homage To Black Activists With Afro Comb Portraits

People in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Has History Of Executions, But One Case May Make History

Students protest in Bangladesh

How Women Impacted The Bangladeshi Student Movement For Safe Roads

Women protest in Tunisia

Tunisia's Push For Women's Rights Now Focuses On Inheritance Laws

A message that Apple's Siri doesn't understand

This Project Is Battling Bias In Speech Recognition

students in Bangladesh during a protest

Why Students In Bangladesh Are Enforcing Traffic Safety Rules

Plastic straws

Why Plastic Straw Bans Aren't Inclusive

A woman chants during a Hindu celebration

Hindu Celebrations Honor Various Deities But Have Commonalities

Garment factory workers in Myanmar

A Look At The Persistent Gender Based Violence In Sweatshops

a baby being breastfed

One Of The Latest Breastfeeding Controversies Was Fueled By The US

former Sudanese child bride, Noura

How A Jailed Teen Sparked Discussion On Child Marriage And Rape

Founder of Picking Me Foundation

Living With And Embracing A Skin-Picking Disorder

A Saudi woman prepares to drive

Saudi Women Still Face Barriers To Getting Behind The Wheel

A doctor holds an intrauterine device

How IUDs Became One Of Doctors' Top Contraceptive Choices

A woman in Saudi Arabia holds up her new driver's license

As Some Saudi Women Prepare To Drive, Vocal Activists Are Behind Bars

Men walk by the London Stock Exchange

The Excuses UK Companies Gave For Not Including Women On Their Boards

a diversity training

What Happens In A Diversity Training And How Success Is Measured

An Amazon sign and an NFL game

Why This NFL Diversity Rule Is Finding Its Way Into Tech Companies

A wedding dress

A Look At How And Why Child Marriage Still Happens In The US

Paulette Jordan

The US Might Soon Have Its First Native American Governor

Money and a piggy bank

Venture Capitalist Funds Often Overlook Certain Groups Of People

U.S. dollar bills

The Significance Of A $1 Award In Court

Spanish TV ad with Barack Obama

Here's The Impact Of American Political Ads In Spanish

U.S. Capitol Building

Women Are Filling More Seats In US Congress Than Ever

Protester in Nicaragua

Protests In Nicaragua Prove Young People There Are Politically Engaged

Sioux Ghost Dance

App Connects Users With Local Indigenous History