Melat Eskender is a 16-year-old freelance journalist who utilizes her voice to encourage action on important social issues. Growing up, Melat had developed a deftness in writing and an adoration of literature. These skills flourished upon Melat’s introduction to the concept of muckraking journalism in history class. She was inspired by revolutionary writers such as African-American journalist Ida B. Wells who unearthed institutional corruption and sought social change through her words.
Today, Melat most fervently advocates in support of immigrants, people of color, and overall, democratic values. Melat hopes to use her experience in journalism to tell the stories of underrepresented communities. Her bylines include the Columbus Free Press, Columbus Underground, Affinity Magazine, and Greenwire, an online platform for the environmentalist organization Greenpeace. She is also copy editor of her school newspaper, The Beacon.
Melat is an alumni of AAJA Jcamp, resides on the advisory board of the National Organization for Youth Safety, and is a board member of Mike DeWine’s Teen Ambassador Board. She holds a variety of positions within her school including secretary of the student council, founder and president of the High School Democrats chapter, and president-elect of the speech & debate club. In her free time, Melat enjoys to read and review books as a national board member of TeenReads.