Meredith A. May is San Francisco-based writer and essayist, a Visiting Assistant Professor of digital journalism at Mills College in Oakland, and a third-generation beekeeper. She spent 25 years in newspaper journalism, 16 of them as an award-winning feature writer at the  San Francisco Chronicle.

Her 2004 San Francisco Chronicle newspaper series on a war-wounded Iraqi boy won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism, and her 2006 sex trafficking investigation earned first place feature writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. Her writing is included in the book, Best Newspaper Writing 2005, published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize.

She has reported for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Prevention Magazine,  Stanford Social Innovation Review, and worked with Stanford University to turn her sex trafficking series into a graphic novel.

Meredith keeps beehives at Little City Gardens, an organic urban farm in the outer Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. She is a co-founder of bigTINY, a pop-up artist salon held in a former Italian basement boxing club that spotlights emerging Bay Area writers, musicians, photographers, painters and other offbeat creative pranksters.

For fun, she likes to row, swim, and paddle a Hawaiian outrigger canoe in the San Francisco Bay with the Dolphin Club, one of San Francisco’s oldest sports clubs.


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