Melanie Trottman is a Senior Vice President and Chief Editorial Consultant in the Washington, D.C. office of global communications firm Edelman. She joined in 2017 after two decades as a journalist with The Wall Street Journal covering topics and industries such as workplace regulation and aviation/travel. At Edelman, Melanie leads the Editorial arm of the Washington office’s Editorial and Media Strategies team, which is a group of former print and broadcast journalists and other media experts who help shape storytelling and media strategy for clients. As part of her role, she helps build and run multi-channel Newsrooms for industry-leading brands, including leading streams of content creation for their websites. Melanie—who while a journalist wrote hundreds of stories, conducted countless interviews, and appeared as a guest on NPR, PBS and elsewhere—also conducts executive media trainings, storytelling and writing workshops, and helps shape and drive coverage of client research reports and surveys. A St. Louis native, Melanie is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an ardent storyteller, and a lifelong lover of the arts.