Meet the Team

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
A pregnant woman
Andrew Seaman / CC by ND-2.0Sci/Health

How A Blood Test Could Detect PTSD In Pregnant Women

Adoptive parents
Newsy / Andrew ShaferU.S.

What It's Like For A Mother With A Disability To Adopt A Child

Ultrasound photos
Newsy / Andrew ShaferU.S.

One Mom-To-Be's Journey Through Pregnancy With A Disability

Disability rights activist at an event
Newsy / Andrew ShaferU.S.

This Group Is Taking On Sexual Violence In The Disability Community

Newsy / Andrew ShaferU.S.

Sex, Love And Dating With A Disability

Medical community in Sudan protesting
Sudan Doctors CommitteeWorld

Doctors In Sudan Are Key To The Current Protests

Film poster for "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga"
Fox Star Studios / "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga"Entertainment

Bollywood Gets A Film That Accurately Portrays LGBTQ Love

A mother and her baby
Jessica Pankratz / CC BY-ND 2.0U.S.

How Working Mothers Are Impacted By Breastfeeding Discrimination

Protesters in Sudan gather
Facebook / Sudan Professional AssociationWorld

The Internet Can Be Used To Empower — Or Silence — Mass Protests

Someone eating a salad
Didriks / CC by 2.0U.S.

'Diet Culture' Can Set Back People Recovering From Eating Disorders

A couple exchanging vows at a wedding
Ilya Haykinson / CC BY-SA 2.0U.S.

Ohio Just Toughened Its Laws On Child Marriage

Crowd in Bangladesh
Getty ImagesWorld

Bangladesh's Upcoming Election Has Some Young Voters Worried

Anthony Bourdain and chef José Andrés
Getty ImagesU.S.

Chef José Andrés Recalls Taking Anthony Bourdain To His Hometown

Chef José Andrés handing out meals
World Central KitchenU.S.

Local Ingredients Are Key To Chef José Andrés' Disaster Relief Meals

Digital mashup of women human rights defenders
AWID / Vienna RyeU.S.

This Tribute Remembers Women Human Rights Defenders

record with music notes
Francesca Cappa / CC by 2.0U.S.

Sexist or Feminist? 'Baby It's Cold Outside' Bans Polarize Listeners

Bus tour promoting Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia
Facebook / VA ratify ERAU.S.

Campaign Eyes Virginia As Next State To Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

People in an office
 U.S.

What Happens When Toxic Masculinity Goes Unchecked In The Workplace

Ethiopia's first female president
Twitter / @fitsumaregaaWorld

Ethiopia's New Prominent Female Political Leaders Could Signal Shift

Chicago police line
Andrew Seaman / CC BY-ND 2.0U.S.

A Look At Intersection Of Police Brutality And Disability In The US

A woman explains a graph
WOCInTech / CC By 2.0U.S.

This Study Explored What Happens When A Workplace Has Only One Woman

People walk in Central American migrant caravan
Getty ImagesU.S.

This Is The Organization Backing The Central American Migrant Caravan

A photo mashup of Colin Kaepernick and Rihanna
Getty ImagesU.S.

As A Nod To Kaepernick, Rihanna Reportedly Won't Perform At Super Bowl

A Chicago police dash cam from Aug. 13, 2017
Civilian Office of Police AccountabilityU.S.

Video Shows Off-Duty Officer Shooting Black Teen Who Has Disability

A girl in India who was recently married
Getty ImagesU.S.

How The American Wedding Industry Is Taking On Child Marriage

A group of people at the Forced From Home exhibit
Médecins Sans Frontières / Elias WilliamsU.S.

This Interactive Exhibit Is Teaching Americans About Displacement

Tina Tchen
Newsy / Madeline CarlU.S.

Tina Tchen Of Time's Up On Eradicating Workplace Harassment

Brett Kavanaugh during a confirmation hearing
Getty ImagesPolitics

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

South Carolina coast amid storm
Getty ImagesSci/Health

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

Iraqi girls meet for visual storytelling workshop
International Committee of the Red CrossWorld

Girls In Iraq Learn To Tell Their Stories Through Photography