Melody Kramer

I have more than a decade of experience working as a digital product manager, strategist, editor, writer, and producer in newsrooms and startups. I've led both teams and projects — and come armed with skills ranging from audience engagement to product development to business strategy. I have a strong track record of designing and then building user-centered products that help organizations reach new audiences, build communities, and engage users and I love creating processes and tools that make workplaces more agile, creative, and enjoyable.


18F ● Product, Communications, and Outreach ● February 2015-present

Poynter Institute ● Innovation Columnist ● February 2015 - present

Media Public ● Founder and CEO ● August 2015 - present

Media Consultant ● Product, Editorial, and Audience Development ● February 2015 - present

Harvard University ● Visiting Nieman Fellow ● 2014-2015

NPR ● Digital Strategist and Editor ● August 2013 - December 2015

National Geographic Magazine ● Writer and Editor ● April 2013 - August 2013

Fresh Air with Terry Gross ● Associate Producer and Director of Digital ● January 2010 - July 2012

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me ● Associate Producer and Director ● May 2007 - December 2008

NPR ● Kroc Fellow ● August 2006 - May 2007


University of Pennsylvania ● Bachelor of Arts ● August 2003 - May 2006

B.A. magna cum laude in English, minor in History and Sociology of Science.

I worked as a writing tutor at the Kelly Writer’s House and in the Rare Books Library as a research assistant. I also ran the campus humor magazine, wrote a weekly humor column in the student newspaper, and played trumpet in the university marching band.

Applications and Expertise

Specialized Skills
User Research, Usability Testing, Product Management, Writing, Editing, Documentation, Technical Writing, Web Analytics
Audio Editing
Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition
Humor Writing, Social Media, Content Strategy


Speaking and Outreach

Press and Honors

My work has featured by The New York Times, iTunes, the Nieman Journalism Lab, Mashable, Poynter, the Shorty Awards, Fast Company, Federal Times, the Nerdette podcast, It’s All Journalism, the American Journalism Review, Knight-Mozilla Open News, USA Today, GigaOm, and the Village Voice Web Awards. Ideas from my newsletter have circulated everywhere from newspapers in Alabama to the Stanford School of Medicine.

Volunteer Work and Service