Melba Newsome is a veteran freelance journalist with more than 20 years of experience reporting on news and general interest topics. She began her career writing dramatic narratives about everything from serial killer groupies to women in harems for women's magazines, including Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, and Redbook.
In the past decade, her reporting has focused primarily on education and health, with a concentration on disparities and rural health. A feature in Oprah about genetic testing earned the June Roth Award for Medical Journalism. Newsome received a Reynolds Institute fellowship and an EWA Reporting fellowship. She has reported extensively on the physiological, emotional, and societal impact of the coronavirus. Melba was also a 2021 MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative Journalism Fellow, publishing stories with Yale360 and other news outlets.
Newsome grew up in the Arkansas Delta and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. When there isn't a pandemic, she enjoys travel and the arts. She's seen Hamilton six times and traveled to six of the seven continents.