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Melissa Chessher

Chair, Magazine, News & Digital Journalism


  • Magazine, News and Digital Journalism

Contact Information

Office Location

318-C Newhouse 3


  • Health Journalism
  • Magazine 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.