Mélanie Berliet

Media Executive. Writer.Producer. Human.

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About Mélanie

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Mélanie is a senior media executive, author, and producer with 15 years experience creating, producing, and publishing original content across digital, print, television, and radio platforms for Fortune 500 companies.

She is currently the General Manager of The Spruce, a Dotdash and IAC lifestyle publication with 30 million monthly uniques. The Spruce is the fastest growing website in its category, according to Comscore.

Prior to joining Dotdash, Mélanie was a Partner and the Chief Editorial Director at Thought Catalog. She also worked as a producer and writer for brands including MTV, Vanity Fair, Elle, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Esquire, Playboy, Women’s Health, HuffPost, the Daily Beast, the New York Observer, and iHeartRadio.

Mélanie’s writing, which is best described as immersive, experiential, or gonzo journalism, has appeared in dozens of publications. Many of her features have gone viral, and she is frequently invited to discuss her work and her unique investigative approach on national television. As a producer, Mélanie consulted on MTV’s hit unscripted show, The Buried Life. She also created and sold several original unscripted formats for the web and television.

But none of the above, PR-friendly word barf says much about who Mélanie is as a person. For the billions completely uninterested in the topic of Mélanie as a person, that’s all well and good. But Mélanie’s ego won’t allow her to discount the possibility that there’s at least one human out there aching to know more. In the name of revealing something you might not already know from reading her memoir and all of the first-person stories chronicling her journalistic endeavors, here are Mélanie’s responses to the Proust Questionnaire, and her answers to a few frequently asked questions.

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Mélanie’s writing is honest and thought provoking, but also entertaining. Without a doubt, she keeps it interesting.

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My Work

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The Atlantic
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Maxim
Ellen
Thought catalog
Womens Health
Esquire
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Daily Beast
playboy
date report
The Fix
Metro
The Awl
mcsweeneys
Self
Yahoo
Daily news
womens day
mama
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The huffington post
Scary Mommy
She Knows
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Berliet went on to triumph as a journalist…

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About the book

This book is an ode to spirited little girls who lead beautifully messy existences. Watch as a little girl kicks a crown in the dust behind her to embark on her latest adventure. Our little girl is so many things, but she is most certainly NOT a princess. She’s an explorer, a climber, a lover of blueberries, and an expert at make-believe. This book is an ode to spirited little girls who lead beautifully messy existences. Who say “no” to princess costumes and “yes” to daydreaming. Who understand that their worth resides within, and not in some damsel-in-distress fairytale ending.

Why I wrote the book

The moment I learned I was pregnant, I grew excited to read to my unborn child. Books mean a lot to me, and I was eager to share my favorite narratives with my kid. To re-experience the joys of a story through the eyes and ears of a fresh human specimen—what a delight!

But something deeply disturbing happened as I sorted through old copies of the children’s books my parents had tucked away for so many years, hoping for grandkids. I realized quite quickly that a lot of books for kids are riddled with not-so-subtly sexist messages.

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In Surviving In Spirit, Mélanie Berliet explores how witnessing her older sister’s prolonged struggle with alcoholism and eventual death informed her own unprecedented choices in life and love.

What prompts a young woman to abandon the safe bounds of convention for the unknown? At first, all Mélanie understood was that she’d lost her sense of what ‘supposed to’ meant. And that her older sister Céline was sick.

While it’s tough to understand what leads a person into addiction–to witness someone you love kind of kill herself–the truth is that you can learn from it. By the time Céline died at age 30, she was Kermit The Frog green and she vomited blood more frequently than she was able to eat. In less than a decade, she had gone from summa cum laude Columbia graduate to NYU PhD student to unemployed, rambling, stumbling drunk saddled with a cirrhotic liver beyond repair. By the time Céline died, Mélanie was no longer a Miss Goody Two Shoes from a waspy Connecticut suburb trotting down the sensible path. She was an adult who had abandoned a secure job on Wall Street to establish a career as a writer committed to exploring fascinating subcultures.

As Céline’s illness escalated, you see, a basic lesson crept up on Mélanie: Life is beautifully short, and fragile as hell. Life happens. Gradually, Mélanie stopped agonizing over what she was supposed to do/think/know/read/listen to/watch/feel, or who she was supposed to be/befriend/love/like/learn from. So she pitched projects that sounded crazy and/or dangerous to most, but which gave her a thrill and helped her establish a career as an immersive journalist. She grew some balls, so to speak, after freeing herself from caring about what others might think.

The devastating beauty of what happened to Céline forced Mélanie to question who she is. However unwittingly, in dying, Céline empowered her younger sister to take risks–to live. This is their story.

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Whichever way you look at it, Berliet and her perspective have been a hot topic in Internet-land today.

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Mélanie has appeared as a lifestyle expert on 20/20, The Insider, ABC News, CBS News, Yahoo News, TakePart Live, and Raising McCain.
She is frequently tapped as a source on topics as varied as home decor, style, relationships, and parenting.

  • Wikipedia: Mélanie Berliet
  • NBC News: How To Save Time & Money On Thanksgiving Prep, According To Martha Stewart & Other Pros
  • The Zoe Report: Fall Home Decor Trends For Those Who Are Obsessed With Neutrals
  • Digiday: Contextual Shopping: Publishers Are Using Model Homes For Retail Experiences
  • Coatings World: Dotdash Brand Helping Painters ‘Spruce Up’ Their Homes with First-Ever Paint Collection
  • Collective World: Melanie Berliet, Digital Media Super-Exec
  • Yahoo: 6 Women On Why They Don’t Want To Marry Their Longtime Partners
  • What To Expect: This Woman’s Essay Will Make You Rethink Your Identity as a Mom
  • HuffPost Parent Voices: You Can Call Me Mummy
  • Cafemom: Pregnant Woman’s Solution to Mom Shaming? Stop Admitting You’re a Mom
  • Digiday: Publishers See Promise With Instagram Live
  • Live All of You: How Mélanie Berliet Lives All of Her
  • Huffington Post: 19 Truths Successful Women Wish They’d Known 10 Years Ago
  • BlackBook Magazine: A Review Of Mélanie Berliet’s Surviving In Spirit
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Mélanie Berliet has had an awesome and interesting career.

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Dear readers and anyone else who’s stumbled across this website. Don’t be bashful. I would absolutely love to hear from you—whether you’re an Internet troll intent on disparaging my work from the confines of a cubby in your high school library, a toothless fugitive in California, or an admiring fan with a knack for flattery. So select your digital channel of choice and reach out to me already! I’m waiting for you. Seriously. Still waiting…