Meredith May is an award-winning journalist, author, and a fifth-generation beekeeper.
Her forthcoming book, The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and 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, and how the pair reunited by chance twenty years later in Canada.
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.
From 2007-2017, she taught journalism and podcasting at Mills College in Oakland, Ca.