Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is looking forward to all life has to offer in Virginia.
She fell in love with weather at an early age. Growing up, she would practice giving weather forecasts on her back deck. By the age of only twelve, she decided to pursue a career in meteorology.
Melissa attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with Honor.
At Georgia Tech, she was a member of the prestigious Georgia Tech Honors Program and a member and officer of Students Observing and Researching Meteorology (StORM), the local American Meteorological Society (AMS) Georgia Tech student chapter. Melissa was also a participant in the Women, Science and Technology Program at Tech and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.
While at Georgia Tech, Melissa interned at 11-Alive News, CNN and was a student assistant to the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
During her senior year, she participated in a professional internship at the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City, Georgia. While there, she worked on a joint research project on cold air damming where her goal was to determine forecast verification for the office and various weather models and discover biases which would aid in future event forecasting.
Right after graduation, Melissa joined CNN as a meteorologist and weather producer, covering all major weather events in 2013. She worked for CNN, CNN International and HLN, forecasting both domestic and international weather. She forecasted short and long term weather conditions around the world and produced weekday and weekend weather segments by creating all on-air graphics as well as contributing to online content.
After CNN, she moved to Charlotte and became the weekend meteorologist at FOX 46. Working throughout the weekend, she gave her viewers the information they needed as they headed out the door and the top weather headlines as the day came to a close. She also shot and edited her own weather and environmental stories.
Before joining ABC 13, Melissa was a meteorologist at WAKA in Montgomery, Alabama. As someone who has vast experience with Southern Summers, she is looking forward to the forecasting challenges that the state of Virginia poses throughout the year.
Melissa is a member of the American Meteorological Society and is actively involved with her local AMS chapters and National Weather Service Offices.
She loves speaking at schools and community events about her passion for weather and looks forward to getting to know those in the community. If you see Melissa out and about, be sure to say hello!
In her spare time, Melissa loves to read, practice piano, run, and of course take care of her always active puppy, Humphrey Bogart. She is an extreme sports fan; Melissa loves baseball, football, basketball and NASCAR. Her teams include the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, Falcons and her Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.