Miss Melissa Chemam

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About me

Melissa Chemam is a writer, broadcaster, cultural journalist, former foreign correspondent, researcher, lecturer and author. 

She has been based in the USA, France, Czech Republic, the UK, and East and Central Africa, for the BBC World Service, AFP, Reuters, CBC, DW, RFI, TV5, France 24, etc. She's also been travelling to the EU, North Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus regularly. 

She has over 15 years of experience in broadcasting - both radio and television - as much as in documentary films (with the award-winning Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck at Velvet Film, and Paris- and London-based production companies).

She currently works and writes mainly on multiculturalism, post-colonial issues, East-West and North-South relations, art and music.

She is the author of a book on Bristol's culture, 'Massive Attack - Out of the Comfort Zone' (Anne Carrière, 2016 / Tangent Books, 2019).

She also wrote the chapter on Bristol in the book 'Narratives from Beyond the UK Reggae Bassline - The System is Sound' (Palgrave Macmillan, January 2021, edited by William 'Lez' Henry and Matthew Worley), one on Bristol's early graffiti scene for the Vanguard Book (Tangent, 2021), and has been the writer-in-residence at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK since October 2019. 

She writes for different other publications, art reviews and online magazines, including Art UK, Al Jazeera, The Independent, mostly about multiculturalism, and is a contributing editor and writer for The Markaz Review.

During the Covid-19 lockdowns, she co-presented and co-produced the Bristol-based podcast The Quarantini from April 2020 to June 2021. 

She has been an associate lecturer at the University of the West of England in journalism (UWE Bristol) since October 2019, and  a Senior Lecturer from June 2021.

You can take a look at her website here

Area of expertise

Journalism and Media Production; Cultural Industries; Art, Music, Multiculturalism


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