Carol Melamed worked as a lawyer at The Washington Post newspaper from 1979 to 2006. For the last ten years of her tenure, she was Vice President for government affairs. Her responsibilities included handling federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory matters affecting the business and editorial sides of the newspaper, as well as serving as The Post’s representative to local press associations and other organizations.
After retiring from the Post, Melamed has focused on press-related organizations, as well as dog-related activities. She has been the President of the First Amendment Coalition (based in California) for the past four years; and for many years has served as a trustee and past President of the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Foundation. She is also 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, and before that, she was a volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States after Hurricane Katrina and the floods in Cedar Rapids Iowa.
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.