2014-2015 GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
Melissa Riggs is the 2014-15 Photojournalism Fellow for the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs at Ohio University.
Melissa graduate from Cornell University and quickly entered into a graduate program at George Washington University to complete a Master of Public Health degree before departing for the Peace Corps in 2004. Serving two years in Jordan as a Health and Community Development volunteer, she primarily focused on gender and development while learning to navigate the culture and Arabic language. Since this time, Melissa has worked with a variety of NGO's leading to overseas work in Togo, Morocco, India, South Africa, Rwanda and most recently South Sudan. However, in 2010 Melissa felt the draw to photojournalism and spent the summer at Maine Media Workshops completing the Documentary Photography Residency program. As the Director of Communications for PSI-South Sudan from 2011-2012, these skills proved invaluable and the desire to enhance her visual storytelling capabilities lead her to the graduate program at Ohio University's School of Visual Communications.