Melissa Linn

utfi-bio-pic-jpg-resizedMelissa Linn was a deputy sheriff at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, in Orlando, Florida for seven years. The most rewarding part of Melissa’s law enforcement career was investigating violent crimes as a gang agent, violent crimes detective, and homicide detective. Melissa entered the law enforcement field as an intern at the Cedar Falls Police Department Crime Lab while she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003.

After leaving the Sheriff’s Office in 2013, she earned her Master of Arts degree from Saint Ambrose University in Iowa in 2016. During her graduate study Melissa took up freelance writing on a whim for the Quad City Times and wrote about local crime. During this time she discovered her love for journalism and is also unceasingly interested in the intersection of media and law enforcement, and widening the media’s coverage of criminal justice research.

Melissa is currently a master’s candidate in the journalism program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She covers the crime and punishment beat for Under the Flatirons. You can find her graduate work on her blog at, Molt & Quill.