President & Publisher, South Florida Business Journal
Melanie Dickinson is president and publisher of the South Florida Business Journal.
A journalism graduate of the University of Maryland who started her career with the Washington Journalism Review, Dickinson has spent her career in publishing. Born in Philadelphia and raised in South Florida, her next journalism position was with the Miami Herald. After several years, she and husband, Toby, left South Florida and drove cross-country to Seattle, “the No. 1 city to live in that year.” There, she joined ADVO Publishing.
The couple in 1995 returned to her native Philadelphia where Dickinson took a post with R.H. Donnelley. In 1997, Dickinson joined the Philadelphia Business Journal, part of the American Cities Business Journal network. After six years, she was named advertising director and later publisher of the company’s Birmingham Business Journal.
Dickinson returned home to Florida in 2008 as president and publisher of the South Florida Business Journal. Today, she continues to lead the award-winning publication’s coverage heralding the tri-county region’s transformation into a global business, technology, healthcare, and tourism economy.
A community champion, Dickinson is active in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Education Fund, and the United Way. A staunch business advocate, Dickinson supports the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Boca Raton Chamber, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and the Broward Workshop. An advocate and mentor to women in the workplace, Dickinson created and leads the SFBJ’s Women’s Leadership Group.
Today, Dickinson, Toby, and their twin teenagers live in Fort Lauderdale. When not pool side or cooking, she enjoys travel, tennis, and celebrating South Florida’s unique lifestyle.
President and Publisher at South Florida Business Journal