Writer, journalist, content creator. Endlessly curious storyteller.

Storytelling

Storytelling

I operate on two simple assumptions: Everyone has a story to tell. And a story well-told will always find an audience. Known for writing that is engaging, accessible, and above all memorable, I pride myself on accuracy, timeliness, and quality.

Content Production

Content Production

Science, engineering, green tech. Health, pharma, and the business of delivering medicine. Agile management and entrepreneurship. Travel and lifestyle. I write about all of them with depth, accuracy, insight, and engagement.

Magazine Work

Magazine Work

A regular contributor to more than 30 national magazines, I cover travel, health, food, science and the environment with award-winning flair. Current bylines in AFAR, Parade, Via, Sierra, Health, Marin, Delta Sky, WestJet, and Alaska Beyond.

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MELANIE HAIKEN

A storyteller first and foremost, I’m an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based writer who has bylined stories in more than 30 national magazines and raised the profile of hundreds of clients. Those I write for say my work is characterized by exceptional clarity, depth and insight – no matter the topic covered. Equally comfortable with magazine journalism, Web content development, and corporate writing, I tell stories story in a way that is engaging, accessible, and above all memorable.

WHAT MELANIE'S CLIENTS AND EDITORS ARE SAYING

  • I’ve hired Melanie for numerous projects, and she has consistently impressed me as someone who is both a great writer and a great editor. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically, and delivers copy that always hits the mark. She’s a gem.

    Jim Scott

    Co-founder and CEO, Kinstantly, Co-Founder, Caring.com, Global VP of Editorial, BabyCenter.com

  • Melanie is creative, intelligent, diligent, professional, highly skilled, and a joy to work with. I recommend her as a writer, editor, and manager.

    Bob Cohn

    President, The Atlantic

  • I’ve worked with Melanie at numerous magazines and websites and am also very familiar with the high-quality important work she does for other outlets. Why is Melanie a go-to contributor for me no matter where I work? In every job, every story, every post, Melanie has demonstrated a commitment to the finest and deepest research and reporting. I highly recommend her work and professionalism.

    Anne Krueger

    Editor in Chief, Parade Magazine

  • Melanie’s work is outstanding for the attention to detail. Her articles read very well and include the appropriate amount of technical content. I’m a very happy customer.

    Rebecca Ragain

    Digital Marketing Manager, WesTech Engineering

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