- Health Journalism
- Magazine Journalism
Melissa ChessherChair, Magazine Director, Magazine, Newspaper & Online Journalism Professor Magazine Also teaches in: Magazine, Newspaper & Online Journalism
Melissa Chessher has more than 20 years of experience in the magazine field as both a writer and an editor.
She worked on the launch of Real Simple, the largest magazine launch in Time Inc. history, and Gusto, a healthy living magazine for Latin American women. She has written for more than a dozen national consumer publications, including Self, Health, Marie Claire, Fitness, Men's Health and Parents magazines. Her work covers a wide range of topics—from travel stories that explore Tahiti, Scotland, and Italy to the neuroscience of snacking, the architecture of Zaha Hadid and the long-term health consequences of sexual-assault survivors. A special report for Self on the workplace challenges faced by women undergoing breast cancer treatment was part of a package that earned a National Magazine Award for personal service.
In 2016, Chessher was chosen as one of Folio magazine’s Top Women in Media.
She is a member of the core faculty for the Renée Crown University Honors Program.