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Carol Melamed

MDDC Hall of Fame Class of 2013: The Washington Post's Carol Melamed
Carol Melamed did not need a byline to make significant contributions to journalism and newspapers. After going to The Washington Post legal department in 1979, Melamed ascended from Associate Counsel to Director of Government Affairs in 1990 and Vice President of Government Affairs in 1995. In that position, she was responsible for federal, state and local legislative and regulatory matters affecting The Post, and she also served as The Post’s representative to MDDC, the Virginia Press Association and other organizations.

During her years at The Post, she worked on every bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly or the D.C. City Council that would have affected the business or news operations of local and regional newspapers. She also represented the industry before the Rules Committee of the Maryland Court of Appeals on a number of access matters.

“Carol is the smartest, savviest media lawyer I know,” said Jack Murphy, Executive Director of MDDC. “She had a rare gift for analyzing a problem and coming up with a simple, elegant solution.”

Melamed served as The Post’s representative to MDDC from 1993 to 2006, and was chairman or co-chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for the entire time. She also served as an officer of the board for four years, and was President in 1999.

Since retiring from The Post in 2006, Melamed has served on the MDDC Press Foundation board of trustees and has been its President since 2011.

A graduate of Brown University in 1967, Melamed earned a master’s degree from Harvard in 1969 and a Juris Doctor’s degree from Catholic University in 1974. After clerking for a year in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Melamed practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in D.C. until joining The Post.

Melamed currently serves as the Vice President and member of the board of directors of the First Amendment Coalition of California. Her husband, Doug, is general counsel of Intel Corporation, and the couple maintains homes in California and Maryland.

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