Meredith May is an enterprise reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, writing in-depth narratives, breaking news and investigative stories. Since she was hired in summer 1999, she has reported from Nepal, Canada, Mexico, Jordan, South Korea, Tanzania and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece.
May’s 2006 series, “Diary of a Sex Slave,” broke journalistic ground by telling the story of a Korean woman who was trafficked to California and forced to work as a sex slave. In 2012 it was adapted into a visual novel by the Stanford University Graphic Novel Project.
May’s 2004 series, “Operation Lion Heart,” about a war-wounded Iraqi boy, inspired the U.S. government to grant political asylum to the child and his family, and captured the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism as well as the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for photography.
Her discovery of a San Francisco Bay Area school superintendent’s private use of a district credit card led to his fraud conviction and a subsequent state takeover of his school system.
Her expose of a chain of Fresno-based charter schools that took taxpayer dollars and taught religion led to the closing of all 14 schools and a new California law that bans such schools.
In 2009 she investigated girl slavery in Nepal on a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Soon after, the Nepali government set aside $1.6 million to rehabilitate former girl slaves.
Meredith also writes about philanthropy for the Stanford Social Innovation Review magazine, published by the University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
She earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Maryland in 2011.