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Melissa came to WHAS11 in 1985 and since then has held many positions in the news division.

She began reporting nights and weekends and has moved on to weekend anchor, 11 p.m. anchor and now co-anchors the evening newscasts.

Melissa has covered extensively Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

For 21 years, residents of both states have relied on Melissa for her knowledge, fairness and down-to-earth approach to the news. Melissa's news coverage experience does not end at the Kentuckiana borders.

She has traveled around the world to bring Kentuckiana viewers the stories unfolding in other states and other countries that affect their lives.

Melissa's reports from the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew brought home the stories of Kentuckiana residents volunteering in war-like conditions to help the victims there.

Her reports from Korea told the stories of Kentuckiana men and women on the front lines when fears of nuclear activity were heightened.

Melissa has brought home the stories of Kentucky resident volunteers giving aid and comfort to Ukrainian orphans.

She has reported from two Presidential inaugurations and national political conventions.

Melissa has won numerous Society of Professional Journalism Awards for her reporting.

She has been awarded two Regional Emmys. Melissa has also received international recognition for distinguished journalism from the International Association of Fire Fighters for a fascinating series that illustrates how to escape from a burning home and how to protect your family before the fire begins.

Melissa is tireless in her work for worthy causes.

She volunteers her time and professional talents to several local non-profit organizations. Maryhurst's Journey of Hope Luncheon, The Family and Children's agency, The Apple Patch Community, Hopeful Hearts Foundation (Ukrainian Orphans), Ovarian Cancer Awareness of Kentucky and many other agencies all consider Melissa an invaluable resource and friend.

For many years, Melissa has proudly served as the co-host of the WHAS11 Crusade for Children.

Throughout the year, Melissa has brought her audience the touching, compelling and life saving stories of children helped by the Crusade.

Melissa also spends time making personal appearances and talking to groups that raise money for the Crusade.

Despite her exhaustive efforts with many organizations and her continued, award-winning work for WHAS11, Melissa considers her top job to be the blessed mother of two daughters, Megan and Mary Hannah.

Melissa lives with her children and her husband James in Jefferson County, Kentucky. She is an Indiana University graduate and holds degrees in Journalism and Urban Studies.

You can email Melissa at mswan@whas11.com

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