Melissa M. Daniels

Journalist

Recent work

Politics and government with the Associated Press: 
Friends call John McCain hero, maverick at Arizona funeral

Podcast: Has Arizona changed enough to elect a Democrat into the Senate? 

Arizona lawmakers haggle over funding before teachers strike

Red-clad teachers march on Capitol in first-ever teacher strike

Arizona teachers try to ease strain on parents during strike

Arizona is suspending Uber’s self-driving car testing after fatal crash

Replacing McCain in the Senate is a political balancing act

Arizona moves to create minimum marriage age 

Music industry and technology: 
How Fender plans to change the way the world learns to play guitar.

Vinyl fans still flocking to physical stores.

How Audiotree is reinventing music videos, one live performance at a time.

Interactive music videos are the latest way to get under listeners’ skin.

Streaming concerts is the new gateway for brands into music.

Transportation:
Parents of victims in DUI crashes band together for tougher penalties for drunk drivers.

Pennsylvania makes tens of millions of dollars selling driver data to third parties.

A year after ride-sharing services arrived, DUI rates were noticeably lower.

An increase to traffic ticket fines backfired, upon investigation of the hike.

Politics and government with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Responsible Ohio wanted to legalize marijuana, so they took their campaign to the streets.

How campaigns use technology to scour for data and make contact with could-be voters.

Writing about a proposal to verify veteran status on driver’s licenses uncovered loose auditing in the state’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Governor post eludes women in Pennsylvania

A campaign fundraising misdial!

An investigation into cabinet member travel revealed a secretary who lived out-of-state.

Profiles:
Despite cancer, McCain’s maverick ways press on in tweets 

Getting to know the nation’s youngest state legislator, elected at age 18.

First Lady Frances Wolf settles in to her new role as Pennsylvania’s First Lady.

Essays:
How Fast Do We Make Improvement — my personal look at a promising ballet school.

Changing lanes takes patience — on pedestrian/cyclist safety education.

Projects:
The Great War and the Steel City – a long-term, multimedia centennial commemoration.

And here’s my music blog, where I spent 10 years writing about songwriting: Learning Love Songs.

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