Melissa Whitworth is a feature writer based in New York.
Recent stories include an interview with Lindsey Boylan, and an examination of feminism and witchcraft, each for The Independent. She is writing a book about women’s bodies, and is represented by Gráinne Fox at Fletcher & Company.
In 2018, after 13 years working in newspapers Whitworth completed an M.A. in English Literature at Syracuse University, with a focus on trauma theory, critical race theory and feminist studies. While studying, she also worked on local freelance Solutions Journalism assignments, including a ten-part series on veterans in Upstate New York, and refugees in Ithaca, NY. During the Covid-19 pandemic she interviewed 14 non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations in the Greater New York area, now conducting their work alongside a public health crisis.
She started her career at The Times of London on the arts desk, and at Harper’s Bazaar on the features desk, and has freelanced widely. At The Daily Telegraph, she worked for over a decade in their New York bureau, starting in April 2001. Her first reporting assignment was interviewing first responders digging through the rubble at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For several years she covered the glossier side of life in New York: cover interviews with Cameron Diaz, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Amber Heard, Rachel Weisz; and arts and culture features interviewing J.C. Chandor, Joan Rivers, Gabriel Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Anna Netrebko, Judy Blume, Anthony Bourdain, Alice Cooper and Annie Leibovitz.