Hometown: Darien, IL
Birthday: April 10
After two years as the editor of Woodridge Patch, I became the editor of Bolingbrook Patch in June 2012. You may know me by my maiden name, Melissa Tussing. I graduated from Downers Grove South in 2006 and Northwestern University in 2010.
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I'm registered to vote and have so far voted for Democrats. I am left-leaning myself, but I enjoy the freedom to cross party lines when I feel compelled to.
I'm a Christian. I grew up in the Lutheran Missouri-Synod church and now attend an Evangelical Lutheran Church. I was involved with the University Lutheran Church in Evanston when I attended Northwestern.