Melody J. Kramer



I love building audiences.

Throughout my career, I’ve worked with some of the largest nonprofits and brands in the world, leading teams and projects alongside academics, engineers, journalists, non-profit executives, and federal government employees.

I cut my teeth writing intros for Terry Gross and jokes for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and now spend my time identifying and building audiences, translating and curating information, and increasing engagement in person, in print, and online for mission-driven organizations and causes.

You can see some of my work here.

I’m a trained librarian with a knack for both qualitative and quantitative feedback: I co-led the team that created NPR’s internal analytics dashboard and worked alongside the Internet Archive to capture every local political candidate website in the country. My work and research has been featured by The New York Times, iTunes, Nieman’s Journalism Lab, Mashable, Poynter, the Shorty Awards, Knight-Mozilla Open News, USA Today, GigaOm, and the Village Voice Web Awards, among others.

Outside of work, I help run a civic news collective focused on Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC. We fill information gaps and have broken major stories which have subsequently been picked up by HBO and local and national news orgs. We blend humor with facts, and cover everything from the state legislature to local advisory board meetings using print, digital, social, and in-person events.

I live in Carrboro, NC with my very-offline family.


May 27, 2024 Interviewed for the Beacon Media newsletter about confronting the local news crisis.
Apr 13, 2023 Presented at the Population Association of America Conference in session entitled “Facts and Faux-Pas: Understanding the DOs and DON’Ts of Communicating Scientific Research to Policymakers”
Nov 07, 2021 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation awarded Carolina Demography $50,000 per year for two years for Strengthening Democracy by Building Capacity in Local Newsrooms project.