An accomplished and awarded journalist with nearly 30 years experience, Melissa is one of the best-known and trusted voices and faces in Australian media.
In the 2016 Australia Day Honours List Melissa was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her “significant service to the community through representational roles with a range of charitable groups, and to the broadcast media.”
Melissa is host and senior correspondent of Channel Seven’s flagship news and public affairs program, Sunday Night. She is also the weekend breakfast host for radio station Smooth FM. In 2014, Melissa won the Australian Commercial Radio award for Best Newcomer.
Born and raised in Sydney, Melissa attended Charles Sturt University in Bathurst before beginning her career as a television news reporter and weather presenter at WIN TV Canberra. Three years later she moved to the Prime TV as newsreader and reporter.
In 1995, Melissa joined the Seven network, starting in the Canberra bureau at Parliament House before moving to the Sydney newsroom.
Melissa became part of the Sunrise team in 1997 and co-hosted Australia’s favourite breakfast program until August 2013.
Throughout her journalistic career, Melissa has covered some of the most significant news events of recent times including the Beaconsfield mine disaster, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, the Queensland floods, Black Saturday Bushfires, the inaguration of President Obama, the election of Pope Francis and multiple federal and state elections.
Melissa has live anchored the network’s rolling coverage of events such as the release of Schapelle Corby from prison in Indonesia, the National day of Mourning for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy, the birth of the Royal Baby, the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations in Gallipoli and the Lindt Café Siege in Sydney’s Martin Place.
Melissa and the Seven News team were recognised with a Walkley Award, a Edward Murrow Award and a silver logie for their coverage of the seige.
Off screen, Melissa is a devoted wife and proud mother of Nicholas and Talia, a successful publisher and radio broadcaster.
Melissa has released two books, “The Working Mother’s Survival Guide” and the best selling memoir “Alphabet Soup”.
Melissa passionately supports many charities. She is National Patron for the Make A Wish Foundation and an ambassador for World Vision, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The Children’s Cancer Institute, Adopt Change, Legacy and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
She is on the board of the GWS GIANTS and the George Gregan Foundation.
A multiple Silver Logie nominee as Most Popular Television Presenter, Melissa was voted one of the “most real celebrity mums” and regularly polls in the Top 50 of Reader’s Digests annual list of Most Trusted Australians.
Melissa has also been an ambassador for the Federal Government’s National Road Safety Council.
She is the Number One Ticket Holder for the GWS Giants (AFL) and Whittlesea Eagles (Vic AFL).