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Debra Melani is an award-winning writer based in her native Colorado, where she has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. She specializes in health and medical writing, but welcomes assignments on any topic. Her freelance writing has covered the gamut - from articles on organic sales in the Nutrition Business Journal to stories on chemicals in plastic baby bottles in the Rocky Mountain News. Passionate about journalism, Debra thrives on learning new things and sharing that knowledge with others through clear and inviting writing.

Debra worked her way up the local-newspaper ladder, finding her true niche as the health and fitness editor for the Boulder Daily Camera in 1996. There, she oversaw the production of a weekly health section, writing and editing ahead-of-the-trend, innovative articles for the daily newspaper in this world-renowned fitness hub. In addition to health features, Debra wrote medical-news articles on topics ranging from the autopsy in the Jon Benet murder case to Colorado's Y2K hospital preparedness.

Her final newspaper stint before pursuing a freelance career was as the staff health writer for the Rocky Mountain News. Debra continued to freelance for this major metropolitan daily newspaper, writing health, parenting, lifestyle and home-and-garden articles until its closure in February of 2009. Through her newspaper editing experience, Debra gained a respect for deadlines, an appreciation for good writing, and an eye for detail.

In addition to writing, Debra's favorite passtimes are reading, running with her two dogs, and spending time with her husband and two sons - especially hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. Debra and her family live near the foothills of Lyons, a small town between Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Contact Debra at: dmelani@msn.com; (303) 823-6110, home-office; (303) 588-7737, cell