Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith is a writer living in Brooklyn. She received her graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Stories By Melissa Smith

The Woman Who Played With Fire

Sophy Medina conquered boot camp and mastered the Marine Corps. Now she faces her toughest challenge yet: breaking into the white- and male-dominated New York City Fire Department.

Trumpeting a Lost Art

In an age of mass-produced music, one dogged young hornsmith insists on carefully crafting each of his brass instruments by hand.

Up All Night with the Demons of Speed

Meet the hardcore drivers who block off city streets and highways to revel in the high-speed thrills of illegal drag racing.