Wendy Melillo is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She teaches in the School of Communication's Strategic Communication division. Her research is focused on public service advertising. Melillo was a reporter for The Washington Post
, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination and an award from the White House Correspondents' Association for her coverage of the United Way scandal. She spent nearly a decade covering political advertising and strategic communication planning for the business publication Adweek
before joining SOC.
Her first book was recently published, How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
. The book discusses the compelling - and sometimes controversial - story of the Ad Council and the campaigns that have become part of the nation’s collective memory.
BA Print Journalism/International Relations, American University; MA History of Ideas, Johns Hopkins University; MA International Communications, American University