Melanie Schmitz is an associate editor at ThinkProgress. Previously, she worked as a news and politics writer, as well as a news editor, at Bustle Digital Group, where she reported on the 2016 election and show-ran coverage for the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions, among other things. Schmitz has a background in journalism and Middle Eastern studies from Brigham Young University and spent time in Amman, Jordan, after college. In her off-hours, she functions as the volunteer public relations and editorial manager for an international nonprofit. Schmitz is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.