Melissa Walker

Brooklyn, NY USA

Professional Experience

I've written for everyone from Teen Vogue to Family Circle, from to iVillage, from the New York Observer to the New York Post. I do a lot of reporting for Glamour, and I teach a women's magazine writing course for mediabistro. As an editor and staff writer, I've produced content for 30-something women (at ROSIE) and teen girls (at ELLEgirl and Seventeen Prom). I'm currently at home mining my '90s diaries for teen angst and writing Young Adult novels. I also started a Teen trends site, You can find out more there, or at


10 Years
10 Years
10 Years


6 Years
8 Years
Women's Issues
9 Years


Book Publishing Consumer
5 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
10 Years
Online/new media
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Weight Watchers (10+), ELLEgirl (10+), Glamour (10+), SELF (10+), Seventeen (10+), Teen Vogue (6-10), All You (6-10), Shape (1-2), New York Magazine (1-2), Ladies Home Journal (1-2), Girls' Life (6-10), (6-10), MORE (6-10), ePregnancy (6-10), Cosmogirl! (3-5), Fitness (3-5), Glamour UK (3-5), The Knot (3-5), The Nest (3-5), Prevention (3-5), ReadyMade (3-5), Girlfriend Getaways (1-2), Marie Claire (1-2), Family Circle (1-2), The Daily Beast (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Dove Real Beauty Campaign (1-2), Bloomingdale's (3-5), Edelman Public Relations (1-2)

Other Work History

I am a casualty of ROSIE magazine, which was my first staff job, and ELLEgirl magazine. I've been the editor of Seventeen's Prom issue, and I've worked maternity/vacation leaves for editors at CosmoGirl, Little Brown Book (Bloomingdale's fashion magazine) and Celebrity Life & Style.

Foreign Language Skills

Proficient, but not fluent, Spanish


The standard computer, laptop and audio recorder

Work Permits & Visas

I have UK and US citizenship


Upon request



Interviews with Colin Cowie, A-list event planner, and Jon Gangwer, vintage wedding videographer
How to make sure you don’t get stuck with a back-of-the-closet bridesmaid dress.
How to host the perfect bridesmaids’ luncheon. (Hint: It’s not about the petit fours.)


Real women talk about the little cotton undies that are ready to do battle every 28 days.
Experts weigh in on the health benefits of a roll in the hay.
Probing the relationship between skin and stress
Tips for avoiding office weight gain
A profile of Sitters in the City, a NYC babysitting agency.
Compare your views on God, Angels and praying for sex (or shoes!) right here.
We all enjoy a good bump watch or "Just Like Us!" moment. But how much is too much? Compare your obsessions here.
Four women share extremely embarrassing stories. If they managed to not curl up and die, you'll be fine too.
Self asked an expert to analyze women's numbers and suggest an alternate "happy weight" that makes it possible to live without always dieting -- or agonizing.
A feature review of a new Belgian patisserie in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Happily, your bliss hinges on how old or young you feel at heart. For many women, the date on our driver's license doesn't reflect how youthful or mature we feel inside. A more accurate gauge of outlook and behavior may be your emotional age, or EA�a number that takes into account how old you feel in various areas of your life, whether at work, hanging with friends, exercising or having sex.
It can be hard to admit you married a freeloader--and even harder to get rid of him. How three women fessed up and moved on, and what every high-earning wife should know.
Low-cost, no-hassle tips from the real experts on foot pain--women who punish their feet every day.
Everyday ways we can make a difference: A profile of Sarah Symons, founder of The Emancipation Network
3 ways to step back from the festivities and grab a moment for yourself!
Top 10 ways to trigger your body's feel-good chemicals
Not a morning person? I tested four tactics that may make it easier to rise and shine. See how I fared.


Seventeen-year-old Miami native Annie Segarra and her sixteen-year-old autistic sister, Emily, have an unbreakable bond.
Are tanning beauty pageants for real? Pasty white Melissa Walker investigates the 22nd Annual Miss Hawaiian Tropic International.
Idle chatter isn't always harmless. Melissa Walker reports on trash talk--and how to deal with it.
Get rid of those little imperfections. Our experts share the best solutions at the doctor's and at home.
In high school, I gossiped to get attention. But my big mouth almost cost me my best friend.
Three kickass girls explain how they learned to measure their self-worth without a scale.
She's everything you're not--and wish you could be. A report on Girl Crushes.
Growing up is hard to do--and embarrassing parents don't make it any easier. Here's how to deal.


A Q&A with Harry Potter star Emma Watson


A round-up of A-list resorts and their celebrity-worthy luxuries


Trovata, the brand that put SoCal on the fashion map, celebrates its ten-year birthday.
The return of designer Jesse Kamm
Dusen Dusen's new shark print attacks our senses
Get ready for eye-popping sandals from the island state.
Profile of Lady Dawn Russell. This former model beat cancer and in the process, discovered how to tap the well of courage and self-confidence within her. Luckily for you, she's not into keeping it a secret.
A q&a with Lancome spokesmodel Selena Breed--the who, what, when, where and why of being discovered and navigating the fashion industry.