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
BMX rider

A 6-Year-Old Girl Is Taking On The BMX World

A shelter for victims of Hurricane Harvey

Why Some Are Questioning Giving To The American Red Cross

A child reads a book in a classroom.

This Group Has Given Out 160 Million Books To Kids

A mother and son

The Trauma Of War Can Reach Refugees' Kids Who Never Lived It

i-Cut app

Kenyan Girls Design App To Fight Female Genital Cutting

A re-envisioned statue of a former Paraguayan dictator

How Countries Outside The US Have Handled Controversial Statues

The aftermath of a gas attack in Syria

Smart Fabric Could Act Like A Shield In A Gas Attack

A man pours a glass of water at Handsome Her cafe in Australia.

Australian Cafe Charges Men Extra To Make A Point About Gender Pay Gap

Adolf Hitler and members of the Nazi party

What A 1940s Government Film Said About Fascism Is Relevant In 2017

A wedding dress hung up for sale

'Marry Your Rapist' Laws Are Becoming Less Common

A female police chief in Pakistan

A Police Chief Is Female In A Place Where Women Often Must Stay Home

A boy grabs a jacket

How An Ordinary Wall Can Help Locals In Need

"NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century" movie

Artist Uses Dracula To Make A Point About The NYC Immigrant Experience

A woman CEO walks into a meeting

Here's What Americans Think About Gender Inequality In Business

Women walk in Afghanistan

Some Afghan Women Are Demanding To Be Called By Their Names

A Nepali teenage girl writes down her story.

Photos Changed Minds About Periods In This Nepali Village

A person from South Sudan sits on water jugs

Why It's So Hard To Get Everyone Access To Clean Water

A child who was born intersex walks with her parents

Groups Want To End Sex-Assignment Surgeries For Those Born Intersex

Women in Mosul, Iraq, after ISIS liberation

Liberating A City From ISIS Can Also Mean Liberation For Women

Winners of contest in China

A Bikini Competition Aims To Reinvent What It Means To Get Older

A student rides on a bike

How Donated Bikes Are Putting Education And Health Care Within Reach

Rohingya people in Bangladesh

Rohingya Refugees Flee Myanmar For Bangladesh But Still Face Issues

A Muslim woman attends prayers

Hate Crimes Targeting Muslims Seem To Be Rising In The US

A girl participates in an art exhibit

An Artist Is Using Old Phone Booths To Tell Immigrant Stories

A malnourished girl in Somalia

Most US Voters Don't Seem To Know Much About Starvation Abroad

A former child bride and her baby

Activists Show Nations The Dollar Cost Of Allowing Child Marriages

Kenyan cycling team

An All-Black African Team Is Trying To Make A First In Cycling

Surgeons for Doctors Without Borders treat patient

Doctors Without Borders Just Created The Ultimate Rescue Unit

Mosul civilians flee from violence

Mosul's Next Battle: Rebuilding A Ruined City

Dakar Fashion Week street show

Senegalese Fashion Designer Brings High-Fashion To The Streets