Melissa Boughton is a North Carolina-based journalist who writes about courts, law, policy and politics. She tweets a lot, mostly about news, but recently shared 280 characters with Dax Shepard and Abbi Jacobson that she’s trying to convince someone to make sure goes on her gravestone. She enjoys long discussions about reforming the criminal justice system and nerding out on all things gerrymandering. Boughton was part of the team named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for their coverage of the police killing of Walter Scott. When she’s not being a serious journalist, she’s probably spending time with her cats, Angus and Zoe, taking a road trip to visit friends and family or trotting the globe to fulfill her wanderlust.