Mel Umbarger is the Senior Communications Specialist for the Budget & Tax Center. Before joining the NC Justice Center in April 2016, Mel was the Niche Publications Manager at the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., where she was a driving force in starting the award-winning 1808: Greensboro’s Magazine. Prior to that, Mel was an award-winning news designer and copy editor who worked at newspapers in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.

Mel holds a Master of Arts in Technology and Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University.

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