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Scripps News' "The Why" is a deep dive into the big social, cultural and political topics of the day through hyper-visual explanatory journalism. Working with the show, Melina reported on multiple stories, ranging from real estate to health and lifestyle. She reported in the field and delivered multiple stories.  


As a producer,  she conducted interviews, wrote explainer scripts and tracked stories. During her time with the team, Melina also produced two full shows on gender disparities in homeownership and on the effectiveness of mental health apps. 

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Why are single women outnumbering single men in homeownership? 

Although women typically earn less than men, single women are more likely to own a home than single men. Melina Chalkia talked to a Chicago female homeowner about her experience. 

Why is commuting good for your mental health?

Commuting everyday can seem daunting, but the commute can be turned from a downer to uplifting. Scientists say this daily ritual can have psychological benefits. 

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How effective are mental health apps?

Worldwide spending on mental wellness apps spiked by over 80% between 2020 and 2022, according to Deloitte, generating over $490 million in spending last year. But do they produce results? Melina Chalkia spoke to experts and users alike.

Why are more married couples living apart?

From Gwyneth Paltrow to Julia Roberts — some say the key to strengthening a marriage might be separate addresses. And it’s now becoming a growing trend: called "living apart together." Melina Chalkia spoke with a couple living apart together. 

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Why are fewer people watching award shows?

Live televised award shows have been losing viewers for years.  But why? 

Why are office dress codes changing?

In a 2021 survey by Captivate, 53% of business professionals from 501 white-collar jobs in the U.S. said their work attire has become more relaxed after pandemic lockdowns. But it hasn't always been this way. Melina Chalkia reports on the reasons behind the shift.

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Why is the heart associated with love?

They are plastered all over candy and billboards. They're everywhere on social media and throughout pop culture. From jewelry to emojis, the heart icon has symbolized love for centuries. But why?

Why is February only 28 days?

February is a busy month. You’ve got Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day, and Black History Month — just to name a few events. And unless it’s a leap year, we only have 28 days to fit it all in. So why is February the shortest month? 

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Why doesn't the US use military time?

If you’re guilty of accidentally setting your alarm on your smartphone for 6 p.m. instead of 6 a.m. —  you’re not alone. 

Most Americans prefer the a.m.-p.m. system instead of the 24-hour clock.  But why?

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