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
Shira Josephson reads a book

This Little Girl Makes YouTube Videos Of Her Reading For A Good Cause

Speedskater Maame Biney

The US Olympic Speedskating Team Already Made History This Year

Girl raises fist in Iceland

Iceland Is Taking On The Gender Pay Gap Like No Other Country

Women in entertainment against harassment

Women Are Joining Together To Defeat Workplace Harassment

Birth control pills

Getting Birth Control Over The Counter Has A Sticking Point

Jerusalem's Old City

Why Jerusalem's Future Is So Hard To Predict

Woman working at laptop

The Toll Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Takes On Survivors

A black girl playing

Researchers: 'Adultifying' Black Girls May Impact Their Entire Lives

child hugging adult

Teaching Kids Consent Could Start By Stopping Forced Hugs

An engineering student

What Low-Income Students Pursuing STEM Fields Are Up Against

Sketch of the Apu character

Apu From 'The Simpsons' May Be Funny, But He's Also A Stereotype

A handgun

Making Gun Customers Wait To Get A Firearm Might Prevent Deaths

A Shell drilling engineer

For The Few Women In Oil, This Site Creates Community

Anita Hill

This Woman Got People Talking About Sexual Harassment Decades Ago

People dancing in New York City

You Can't Dance In All New York City Venues; But That Could Change

Small camera that connects to a phone

A Tiny Camera Wants To Change How You Film Everyday Encounters

Former Olympian

A Former Olympian Shows What It's Like To Go Through A Miscarriage

winner of a science competition

11-Year-Old Is The Latest Innovator In The Fight Against Lead In Water

Former U.S. drug czar

How 'Czar' Became A Political Term In The US

Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.

Afro Combs Are Art In This Portrait Series

A refugee child's drawing

After Conflict And Violence, These Refugee Kids Draw What They Saw

Women in Saudi Arabia

Women's Rights In Saudi Arabia: Slow But Steady Progress

A presidential candidate in Liberia gives a speech

Women Are On The Move In Liberia's Political Scene

Ertharin Cousin in Africa

This Woman's Life Mission Is To Take On World Hunger

Park ranger in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Protecting Land And The Environment Can Be Deadly

United Nations security council meeting

How Do United Nations Sanctions Work? And Are They Effective?

Ada Cheng performing

A Former Professor Now Takes To The Stage To Share Her Stories

A person uses an app that offers legal help

This App Connects Women In Saudi Arabia To Legal Help

Dam in Cambodia

Indigenous Cambodians Fight Dam That Will Flood Their Land

People attend exhibit to learn about refugees

This Exhibit Shows What Refugees Cope With