Meredith May is an award-winning journalist, author, and a fifth-generation beekeeper.
Her forthcoming memoir, The Honey Bus: A Girl Saved By Bees, reveals the life lessons she learned in her grandfather’s Big Sur bee yard that rescued her from a difficult childhood. Published April 2019 by Park Row Books/HarperCollins, the book will be translated into eleven languages.
In 2017, Meredith wrote I, Who Did Not Die, which tells the true story of a 13-year-old Iranian child soldier who risked his life to rescue an enemy fighter during the brutal Iran-Iraq War. The pair meet by chance again, twenty years later, at Canadian help center for torture survivors.
A former San Francisco Chronicle reporter, her Operation Lion Heart series about a war-wounded Iraqi boy won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize; and her investigation into sex trafficking at San Francisco massage parlors earned first place feature writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press, and was turned into a graphic novel by Stanford University. Her writing is included in the book, Best Newspaper Writing 2005, published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
From 2007-2017, she taught journalism and podcasting at Mills College in Oakland, Ca.