Melina Mara

Washington D.C.

Melina Mara is an award-winning photojournalist whose career spans the past 25 years. The daughter of a CBS cameraman, and a passionate and supportive mother, Mara studied political science at Sarah Lawrence College. She explored law and teaching before refocusing her career on photojournalism, attending the University of Missouri School of Journalism as a graduate student. She worked for newspapers and magazines around the country. In 2003, Mara created the exhibit Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate, which was hosted by the Smithsonian Institution and was attended by over 50
Latest from Melina Mara

How California’s Salinas Valley went from covid hot spot to a model for vaccination and safety

Last summer many Salinas Valley farmworkers were at risk. This harvest, growers are early to vaccinate and require safety protocols.

June 5, 2021

    Going it alone: In two agricultural towns, small farmers and ranchers cope with the pandemic without a safety net

    The pandemic has revealed the fragility of America’s food system and the country’s farmers, ranchers and farmworkers are persevering through shutdowns, slowdowns and supply chain meltdowns.

    December 8, 2020

    From ranch to kitchen table

    When coronavirus struck the restaurant trade, taking out their biggest customers, these ranchers and butchers combined forces to deliver their prime cuts to home cooks

    July 17, 2020

      A beloved artisanal cheese maker sees business dry up

      Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. makes a blue cheese that is one of the most popular in the United States. It’s a surprising casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

      May 14, 2020

        Nevertheless she persisted: Elizabeth Warren ends campaign after drawing loyal female following

        Sen. Elizabeth Warren rose to national prominence as voice for consumers and families. She has a knack for understanding when her enemies have gone too far – and famously turned a moment on the Senate floor where Republican Leader Mitch McConnell chastised her for doggedness into an early slogan.

        March 5, 2020

          Along picket lines, coveted Nevada union lures candidates after denying critical endorsement

          Nevada’s Democrats will caucus on Saturday. Many presidential candidates need to finish strong here in order to jump start their campaigns before Super Tuesday. The Culinary Union, which represents 60,000 hotel and casino workers across Nevada, is key to electoral success here.

          February 21, 2020

          What reparations mean to one American family

          Reparations mean more than money for a family whose story includes slavery and Japanese American internment.

          January 24, 2020

            Schiff’s spotlight: Inside building the case for Trump’s impeachment

            House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff was tasked with building an investigation of President Donald Trump from the ground up in real time. The Washington Post got an exclusive look at just how the chairman chosen for that historic endeavor approached the challenge.

            December 3, 2019

            The opioid crisis: Residents in southwest Virginia demand accountability

            Opioid victims lament destroyed lives after a previously unreleased database reveals how many drugs flooded their towns

            August 8, 2019

            Flooded with opioids, Appalachia is still trying to recover

            “It’s sort of ground zero everywhere” for the opioid addiction epidemic, one official says.

            July 24, 2019