Melissa Lyttle is an independent visual journalist based in Washington, D.C. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and began her career as a photojournalist at Florida newspapers, where she worked for nearly 15 years.
Now, she freelances for both editorial and commercial clients who appreciate a strong narrative. As a two-time International Women's Media Foundation fellow, Lyttle has worked on the U.S.-Mexico border in both Ciudad Juárez and Nogales, Sonora.
Her work has been recognized by UNICEF, Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Southern Short Course, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, and the Alexia Foundation student grant.
She won an Emmy for a short film on a high school senior trying to use his football talents to make it out of a small town in the Florida Everglades. Also, she served on the board of the NPPA for seven years — including two as president.