John Meils


2016-present: Graduate student/Freelance Reporter: University of Maryland / College Park

Recently published include: a profile of a white nationalist made prominent by Trump, a feature on the state of D.C.'s marijuana legalization, a six-part series on rural Maryland in the wake of the Trump election, and a preview of a body cam roll-out by a PD recently under Justice Dept. monitoring.

2009-2015: Freelance Writer / Lima, Peru / Yangon, Myanmar / Washington, D.C.

Wrote extensively on Amazon and Andean travel, including a satirical novel about privacy, the rich and one man’s attempt to destroy his son-in-law while living in South America and SE Asia in support of a foreign service spouse.

2008-2009: Managing Editor, / New York, NY

Built and managed an editorial process for an online writing and publishing social network start-up in Stage II funding.

2005-2008: Freelance Writer-Editor / New York, NY

Specialized in health, relationship, and sexuality editorial. Wrote for publications including Elle, Men’s Health, and on a range of topics from male fertility to the science of seduction and sleep deprivation, as well as personal essays on the gender divide. Contributed cover stories to Cargo magazine on various celebrities. Consulted for start-up webzines on editorial architecture, style guides, and story selection.

2001-2005: Senior Editor, Melcher Media / New York, NY

Managed all aspects of lead projects for top-tier book packager and publisher, from acquisition to selling titles into trade.

2000-2001: Managing Editor, Impact! magazine, Vanguarde Media / New York, NY

Oversaw editorial, design and production for a 22-year-old weekly urban music and radio trade publication.

2000-2001: Managing Editor, and / New York, NY

Developed, launched, and managed two music and radio trade news websites and corresponding e-newsletters.

1999-2000: Editor-in-chief, / New York, NY

Conceived, built, and maintained editorial architecture of a start-up urban entertainment website in first stage angel funding.

1996-1998: Editor, Workman Publishing / New York, NY

Project editor specializing in heavily illustrated, four-color lifestyle books in addition to managing a licensed book series.

1994-1996: Associate Editor/Assistant Editor, Macmillan Publishing USA / New York, NY

Acquired, edited, and produced a list of four-color illustrated books as part of larger backlist-oriented editorial group.

1994: Publicist, Stewart, Tabori & Chang Book Publishers / New York, NY

Planned and supported all aspects of media/author tours for a small art book publisher.

1993: Asst. Account Exec, Macmillan Hill & Knowlton Public Relations / New York, NY

Supported senior executives in planning and executing corporate media campaigns.