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
Painting of Saudi royalty

Theaters In Saudi Arabia To Show Movies — But Not Without Censorship

Screenshot of Studio Ghibli film

American Bombings In Japan Spurred This Influential Studio Ghibli Film

Two college students in cap and gowns

Food And Housing Isn't A Given For All US College Students

Epsy Campbell

In A Historic Vote, Costa Rica Chooses A Black Woman Vice President

Malala Yousafzai on stage

Malala Yousafzai Has Done A Lot In The Years Since She Was In Pakistan

Kim Denmark walks

This Woman Is Walking Across The US To Help Homeless Veterans

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook

Americans Suck At Naming Female Tech Leaders, Survey Finds

Woman takes a driving class in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Women Are All About Cars As The Driving Ban There Is Set To End

Female candidates embrace in Chicago

Women Are Uniting To Overcome The Obstacles Of Running For Office

Martin County, Kentucky

The Past Haunts This Kentucky County's Water Supply

TV reporter Tahera Rahman

This Hijab-Wearing American Reporter Is Making History

Flag from women's suffrage movement

The Colors That Have Marked Women's Movements Throughout The Years

A man with a device to relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms

How Electric Pulses Can Help Fight The Opioid Crisis

A child does after-school yoga

Why Some Schools Are Swapping Out Traditional Punishment For Yoga

Woman grieves aftermath of shooting

Mass Shootings Bring Communities Of Tragedy Together

Anti-violence against women display

What A Trump Appointment Could Mean For This Anti-Violence Office

A woman protesting with menstrual pad

A Male Representative In Arizona Is Getting Tampons In His Mailbox

Artist Kehinde Wiley and Barack Obama

The Artist Behind Obama's Plant-Filled Portrait

Lab grown diamond

Think Diamonds Only Come From Nature? Now They Can Come From A Lab

Gerber "spokesbaby" Lucas

This Gerber Baby Might Lessen The Stigma Surrounding Down Syndrome

A baby's feet

Rapists Can Still Seek Parental Rights In These States

A person picks up a bud of cannabis

What Weed Could Do For Tax Revenues

Girl in India

Indian Govt. Report Suggests Sons There Often Preferred To Daughters

Artist Beyonce

Very Few Women Were Part Of Creating US Chart-Topping Songs

Art exhibit about American history

This Art Exhibit Explores Power And Features Colorful KKK Robes

Protesters in Chicago

This Movement Wants Amazon To Know Its Headquarters Isn't Welcome

People at the Women's March Chicago

Women With Disabilities Are More Than Ready To Be Heard

Women's March 2017 in Spain

The Women's March Isn't Just For People In The US

Recreated Google spreadsheet

Journalist Comes Forward About A 'Shitty Media Men' List She Started

Fashion blogger Hoda Katebi

This Fashion Blogger Is Muslim, Minimalist And 'Unapologetic'