Melinda Welsh was the founding editor of the Sacramento News & Review in 1989. She served there as editor-in-chief for most of the next two decades, including a six-year stint as executive editor of all three N&R newsweeklies in Sacramento, Chico (CA) and Reno (NV). She wrote extensively throughout her career and taught a Writing for Magazines class for many years. Welsh currently writes freelance articles and essays for publication, including many essays in the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere since 2015 about her terminal cancer diagnosis and breakthrough treatment with immunotherapy.


Melinda was featured on a segment of the PBS Newshour in February 2017, which focused on the impact of immunotherapy on her cancer. View it here. 


On February 7, 2019 Melinda was interviewed on Insight following the publication of Melinda’s Sactown cover story The Big Sick. You can hear the 25-minute interview here.


Winner, First Place   “The Big Sick” 2019   Melinda won a national 2019 Folio Award (an “Eddie”– “celebrating uncompromising journalism”) for “The Big Sick” in the City & Regional Category .

Winner, First Place  Feature Writing  2014  Melinda’s profile of Gary Webb  “Return Of The Messenger” won a top award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association