Carol D. Melamed

After more than a decade as Vice President for Government Affairs for The Washington Post Newspaper, Carol Melamed now serves as a legal consultant. As government affairs VP, her responsibilities included handling federal, state and local legislative and regulatory matters and serving as The Post’s representative to local press associations and other organizations.


After retiring from the Post in 2006, Melamed has focused on press-related organizations, as well as dog-related activities. She is President of the First Amendment Coalition (based in California) and of the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Foundation. She is also Assistant Secretary of the District of Columbia College Access Program and a board member of the Council for Court Excellence.


Melamed volunteers at the Peninsula Humane Society, was a volunteer at the Washington Animal Rescue League, and is a member of the Founder’s Council of Alaska Geographic. For over two years, she and her dog were a certified therapy team with National Capital Therapy Dogs.


Melamed joined The Post in 1979 as assistant counsel and became associate counsel the following year. Before joining The Post, she practiced law at the D.C. firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1975 to 1979, and she clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. for a year prior to that. She graduated from Brown University in 1967 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master’s degree in 1969 from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a JD in 1974 from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Melamed lives in Palo Alto, CA and Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband, Doug. She has four daughters, one granddaughter and three grandsons.