Melina Mara is a veteran photojournalist, who is presently a staff photographer covering primarily politics and political issues for the Washington Post. The daughter of a CBS cameraman and a passionate Italian mother, Mara was born in Englewood, New Jersey. She studied political science at Sarah Lawrence College, and after being disillusioned with law aspirations became a teacher. Refocusing her career on photojournalism, Mara attended University of Missouri School of Journalism as a graduate student. She has worked for newspapers and magazines around the country, in the role of both staff member and freelancer. Both Tacoma Washington and Washington D.C. serve as Mara's twin home bases. Now working at the Washington Post as a photojournalist and political photographer, Melina pursues the halls of Washington and beyond to discover the people serving the United States through powerful imagery.