I’m a writer based in Wichita, Kan. I grew up in Columbia, Mo., and earned a journalism degree with a news-editorial focus from the school that happened to be in my backyard, the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

I started my career as a newspaper reporter. My articles and photographs have been published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Seattle Times, Wichita Eagle, Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia Missourian, King Air magazine and Twin & Turbine magazine.

In addition to working as a member of the media, I’ve spent a dozen years as a public relations professional. I’ve worked in employee/organizational communications and media relations. I’ve also had the opportunity to handle executive-level communications, including speechwriting.

Beyond daily newspapers and magazines, my work has appeared in employee publications and marketing materials for numerous business, non-profit and association clients. An abbreviated list includes: Raytheon, Textron, Cessna, Beechcraft, The Coleman Company, Wichita State University, Newman University, University of Kansas and the American Cancer Society.

I like to write on a wide variety of topics: aviation, business, education, health/wellness, sports, travel, wildlife to name a few. One of my favorite assignments is creating a travel package where I can combine my love of writing and photography while helping others make plans for their next trip.

A full resume is available on my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/melindaschnyder

Follow my personal blog at www.NextDoorToNormal.com.



In chronological order, beginning with current:

freelance journalist, copywriter, editor, public relations consultant


currently writing for magazines and blogs, in addition to several corporate, small business and agency clients


manager, Corporate Communications

Cessna Aircraft Company

executive communications, speechwriting, media relations, employee communications, writing, photography


director, Organizational Communications

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation

employee communications, executive communications, speechwriting, media relations, writing, photography


director, Marketing and Communications

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

public relations, media relations, marketing communications, writing, photography


communications specialist

American Cancer Society

public relations, media relations, writing, photography



Wichita State University

writing and editing for various campus departments



St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wichita Eagle, Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia Missourian

staff reporter, mostly covering sports