About Megan Melle

Megan O’Neill Melle is a highly visual strategic editor and creative leader with over a decade of experience in magazine and digital publishing. Based in Chicago, she is currently serving as a Senior Editor at Reader’s Digest. Megan is known for her exceptional ability to transform compelling ideas into polished, blockbuster narratives. As a trend expert with outstanding editorial judgment, she has a proven track record in creating engaging lifestyle, entertainment, and e-commerce content across various platforms.

During her tenure as a Senior Editor at Parade Media in the Greater Nashville Area from August 2019 to November 2022, Megan played a pivotal role in the development and packaging of Parade, one of the highest-circulated weekly entertainment magazines with an impressive 18 million circulation. Collaborating with the Editor-in-Chief, she guided editorial strategy and consistently met ambitious weekly publishing goals. Megan excelled in conceptualizing, writing, and editing top-quality, cross-platform content within tight budgets and timelines. Her expertise in retail trends, particularly in fashion, design, home, and books, was evident in her oversight of Parade Picks, a full-page editorial featuring product and shopping recommendations for a vast audience.

As a resident book expert, Megan managed all aspects of book coverage, including author interviews, best-of lists, and innovative multi-channel campaigns. She hosted a TikTok and Instagram video series providing book recommendations, showcasing her deep passion and knowledge in the literary world. Megan collaborated closely with marketing and sales teams, contributing to the drafting of branded content requests for advertisers.

Prior to her role at Parade Media, Megan served as the Managing Editor for Spry Living Magazine, Parade’s health-and-wellness sister publication with a circulation of 9 million. In this capacity, she directed and managed editorial strategy, calendar, and budget, efficiently overseeing day-to-day production, including idea generation, issue planning, assigning, editing, layout, art direction, and final print-proofing. Megan also drafted sponsored content requests for advertisers and managed a market research partnership with the Cleveland Clinic.

With a background as a contributing writer for Modern Luxury on a freelance basis, Megan O’Neill Melle brings a wealth of experience, creativity, and strategic vision to the world of publishing.