About Melisa


Born and raised in South Dakota, Melisa Goss is an award-winning writer based in Sioux Falls. A writer from an early age, Melisa’s curiosity drove her to seek out stories from around the globe. After expatriating herself to Seoul and traveling around the likes of Beijing and Stockholm, central Bangkok and rural Finland, Melisa has returned to the prairie where she was raised, which turns out to be rather exotic in its own right. 

In 2013, she awarded a student fellowship with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, for which she traveled to Cambodia researching and reporting on human trafficking. 

Along with her work for the Pulitzer Center, she has also been published in The Christian Century, for which she interviewed New York Times op-ed columnist, Nicholas Kristof. She has also been featured in Nuotta, a Finnish youth and culture magazine. 

Melisa is currently completing her master's degree in Journalism at South Dakota State University

Melisa lives in Sioux Falls, SD with her husband and daughter. She hopes one day soon to acquire a pet hedgehog.