Melissa’s specialty is pulling from her background in both filmmaking and journalism to create informative yet creative, narratively- driven videos.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in Film from Columbia College, Melissa interned with the Academy Award nominated documentarians at Kartemquin Films, producers of the documentary classic Hoop Dreams.
From there, she began her work in public broadcasting, at America’s “most-watched” PBS Station, WTTW Chicago. She worked her way up the ranks, working in the studio as an assistant director for local programming and as production manager and coordinator of special projects, including television series and commercials. She was also a producer and writer for the award winning weekly series, ArtBeat Chicago, where she earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programming and a Peter Lisagor Award for Arts and Entertainment Reporting and Criticism.
From PBS, Melissa jumped into the world of short-form content, producing high caliber videos for Chicago area businesses and non-profits. Aside from her expertise in video production, Melissa is a trained journalist, having earned her Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. While there, the faculty awarded her the Deborah Orin Scholarship, presented by none other than the President of the United States at the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner.
Her print and multimedia journalism has appeared in United Press International, The Chicago Journal, The Chicago Defender, The Daily Herald, Chi-town Daily News, and AOL’s web-based daily, Patch.com.
Some of Melissa’s favorite places in the world are the souks, or covered markets, of the Middle East, where she has learned to haggle like a local.
Melissa lives in Silver Spring, MD with her very talented video editor/motion graphics designer husband, Mat Taylor, and their daughter, two sons, and two lovable but useless shelter cats.