School: Michigan State University
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Melissa is no stranger to northern Michigan or early morning news for that matter. In fact, northern Michigan is a place that has always been near and dear to her heart. She started working at 7&4 News as a reporter back in August 2007, where she covered everything from local school board meetings to breaking news throughout the region. As a reporter, she worked every shift in the newsroom for three years and was able to get to get to know the northern Michigan communities and the people who live there.
In March 2010, Melissa was promoted to the anchor desk where her real passion of morning news became a reality. For three years, she anchored 7&4 News Today from 4:30 to 7 a.m. letting viewers know local, national and breaking news updates before they started their day. She also took part in various charity organizations including the March of Dimes Traverse City Chapter, Relay for Life of Grand Traverse County and Walk MS Traverse City. Melissa also chaired the first ever, HeartChase from 2011 to 2012. It was a national campaign through the American Heart Association to help promote a heart healthy lifestyle and kicked off in Traverse City.
Melissa left 7&4 News in March 2013, for a short job opportunity at the NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa. She anchored the morning show at KWQC which covered news throughout the Quad Cities area. After about a year in Davenport, Melissa returned home to the endless beaches and Great Lakes to once again wake up with northern Michigan during 7&4 News Today.
She started her broadcast journalism career at WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan as a morning reporter and editor from 2005 to 2007. She has a journalism degree and public relations degree from Michigan State University (GO GREEN!) Her blood runs Spartan green.
Melissa is also on the ALS Association-Michigan Chapter board and is actively trying raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Melissa's grandma, Mary Smith passed from the neurodegenerative disease February 4, 1981. Melissa has made it her mission to raise awareness about the disease which affects more than 20-thousand Americans. There is currently no effective treatment and no cure for ALS.
Animal rights is something Melissa has always been passionate about and loves volunteering her time and connecting with animal rescue groups in the area including AC Paw and Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City. She credits her immense love for animals to her three cats, Bella, Stella & Lola. All three are rescue pets and are family. If you have an animal story that needs to be aired please contact her!
When she's not at work, Melissa loves being out on the water in northern Michigan and spending as much time as she can with her family and friends. You can also catch her back in East Lansing cheering on the Michigan State Spartans once football season hits.
Melissa is originally from the Detroit area but is absolutely proud to call Traverse City home and is excited of what the area is becoming. She says Traverse City is a gem for Michigan and she's the lucky one who gets to work and play along its aqua shores.
Melissa is more than proud to call Traverse City home and considers the area to be a true gem.