Melanie Saltzman reports, shoots and produces stories for PBS NewsHour Weekend on a wide range of issues including public health, the environment and international affairs. In 2017 she produced two stories for NewsHour’s “America Addicted” series on the opioid epidemic, traveled to the Marshall Islands to report on climate change, and went to Kenya and Tanzania to focus on solutions-based reporting. Melanie holds a BA from New York University and an MA in Journalism from Northwestern University, where she was a McCormick National Security Fellow. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in Berlin, Germany.
Melanie’s Recent Stories
Nation Aug 04El Paso shooting is domestic terrorism, investigators say
Investigators of the El Paso mass shooting, which left 20 people dead and wounded at least 26 others, are treating the massacre as a case of domestic terrorism and will file capital murder charges against the suspect, now in custody.
Nation Aug 04A deadly massacre in under one minute
Less than 13 hours after the massacre in El Paso, Texas, a gunman killed nine people, including his own sister, in downtown Dayton. Police said the carnage lasted less than a minute before they arrived on the scene and killed…
Health Jul 21Mark Bittman’s recipe for McBitty’s Bean Burgers
McBitty’s Bean Burger is tasty, easy to make and there’s no meat involved.
Science Jul 13California startups are growing meat from animal cells
As concerns grow about the sustainability of meat production, some startup companies say they may have a solution: growing meat from animal cells in laboratories. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson visited two startups in California producing “cell-based meat.” This story is…
World Jun 22The Future of Food
The Future of Food series from PBS NewsHour Weekend and Mark Bittman, former New York Times food writer and bestselling author, features reports about global efforts to produce enough food sustainably and ethically for a growing population. Reporting for this…
Health Jun 22Mark Bittman’s recipe for cooking the perfect salmon
Wild salmon is a well-managed fishery, and its fillets and steaks freeze beautifully for those times you can’t find it fresh.
Science Jun 22Future of Food: This genetically engineered salmon may hit U.S. markets as early as 2020
People are eating more fish than ever, and a third of global stocks are threatened by overfishing. A small company says its genetically engineered salmon can help meet the demand, as critics say it’s a step in the wrong direction.
World Jun 21PBS NewsHour Weekend presents ‘The Future of Food’
PBS NewsHour Weekend and Mark Bittman, former New York Times food writer and bestselling author, present 'The Future of Food,' a series of reports about efforts being made around the world to produce enough food sustainably and ethically for a…
Arts Jan 26Tattooed, Mexican-American and female: Classical maestra keeps symphony in tune
Among more than 20 of the major U.S. symphony orchestras, only one woman has the top job of principal conductor. But women are making better gains in the nation's smaller ensembles. Jessica Bejarano is leading the San Francisco Civic Symphony,…
Nation Jan 13At U.S.-Mexico border, a tribal nation fights wall that would divide them
The Native American tribe Tohono o’odham in Arizona has a significant stake in the ongoing conflict in Congress about whether to fund President Trump’s $5.7 billion border wall. The tribe’s reservation, about the size of Connecticut, spans both countries, and…