I’m an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based writer whose work is characterized by exceptional clarity, depth and insight—no matter the topic covered. I operate on two simple assumptions: everyone has a story to tell, and a story well told will always find an audience.

Melanie Haiken: I operate on two simple assumptions: Everyone has a story to tell. And a story well-told will always find an audience.

As a journalist, my specialties include travel, science, the outdoors, and the environment, with recent stories ranging from wildlife for National Geographic to adventure travel for Parade and Lonely Planet, to wine for Condé Nast Traveler. The long list of publications to which I’ve contributed includes Sierra, AFAR, Via, The Points Guy, TakePart.com, Forbes.com, Caring.com, Delta Sky, Alaska Beyond, Real Simple, Woman’s Day, WestJet, and Yoga Journal. Formerly an executive-level editor for magazines as diverse as San FranciscoThe Industry Standard, Parenting and Health, I’m equally comfortable with Web content development, ghostwriting, and corporate writing. Whether the subject is technology, industry, finance, or health, I bring to the table deep research skills and a writing style that’s engaging, accessible, and above all memorable.


For clients as diverse as Kaiser Permanente, Plenty, Scrum Alliance, Adobe, Wells Fargo, and WesTech Engineering, I create award-winning marketing and custom publishing materials and communications campaigns.

As a content development expert for Caring.com, BabyCenter.com, and Consumer Health Interactive, I’ve produced and launched client-centered content sites that serve millions of users.

I’m also available to address leadership groups on the topics I cover, from science and green tech to travel to health and wellness. A list of topics I’m qualified to speak on is available upon request.