Statesman-Examiner welcomes new reporter

S-E Staff Reporter

Mel Anderson, an attorney and retired judge advocate for the United States Army, was hired as the newest member of the Statesman-Examiner staff as of October 17.

Anderson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she studied political science, history and Mandarin Chinese. After graduation, Anderson moved on to law school where she graduated in the top of her class. She is currently licensed in Texas.

Upon graduating law school, Anderson became an officer in the Army. While in the Army, Anderson prosecuted federal criminal cases, acted as ethics advisor to top leadership, and wrote legal opinions on matters of government fiscal and appropriations law.

Although the majority of Anderson’s experience is in the legal field, Anderson is not new to writing. In 2009, Anderson published her first children’s picture book The Big Fib, through Shadow Mountain Publishing. During law school, she published law review and magazine articles. She is working on a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts with a dual concentration in fiction and nonfiction.

Anderson and her husband, Jared, are the parents of nine children. Three of the children were adopted through foster care.

“I have a big heart for abused and neglected children,” Mel said. Anderson also has two grandchildren. Seeking a change of pace and a greater focus on family life, she and her family moved to Colville in May of this year.

“I’m excited to get to know the Colville area,” she said. “We plan on living here permanently, so this is a great opportunity to learn the issues of Stevens County.”

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