Hi, I’m Mel. I work on some of the trickiest problems in the news and information ecosystem.
I currently lead audience growth and development for the Wikimedia Foundation. I am also the cofounder of Hedgehog and Fox, write a weekly column for the Poynter Institute about innovation in the news industry, am leading a project to document every collaborative journalism project in the world, and am a Visiting Fellow at UNC's Reese News Lab, where I'm researching how newsrooms can use data to create sustainable revenue models. A long time ago, I directed and wrote jokes for NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. I've also led product teams, edited National Geographic, and repaired books in a rare books library. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time hiking, cooking, making quilts, and hanging out with my awesome family.