Melissa Schroeder is an award-winning journalist who came to WSET in April 2018. You can catch her weekdays on Good Morning Virginia from 5-7 a.m. and Midday at noon.
Melissa grew up in a small farm community in northwest Ohio. She knew at the age of 10, she wanted to be a TV journalist after giving a speech in front of her class on Germany and receiving a standing ovation. From that point forward, Melissa dived into her passion and got involved in everything from the local newspaper to speech contests. She graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Ohio University.
Melissa began her on-air career at a small Christian cable station in Dalton, Georgia. She also worked at stations in Corpus Christi, Little Rock, and Evansville, Indiana.
Melissa won first place for general assignment reporting from the Texas Associated Press for a story she did on a young man who was left disabled after a drunk driver hit his car. She also won the Indiana Broadcasters Association Spectrum Award as the first reporter in the state to link the opioid crisis to an overcrowded foster care system.
As a "community cheerleader", Melissa is passionate about many causes, especially building confidence in teens. She has been involved in youth organizations from The Boys and Girls Club to Big Brothers Big Sisters. As the daughter of a Vietnam vet and granddaughter of a WWII vet, Melissa is also involved in the military community. In 2017, she helped to bring a new ceremony to Evansville, Indiana for veterans suffering from the loss and pain of war.
Melissa, and her husband Brandon, have four babies of the furry kind. Ellie, Rufus, Shadow, and Olive all came from rescue organizations or the streets. The two are animal advocates and promote adopting instead of shopping and spaying and neutering your pets.
When she's not wrangling up her pups for a walk, Melissa enjoys second-hand shopping, trying out new coffee shops (she's also an avid coffee mug collector), and tasting the local cuisine. You can like her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to suggest some local hang-outs.
Melissa is also available for speaking engagements and hosting events. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.