Melissa comes to Winnipeg by way of Toronto, where she was born and raised. As a Manitoba transplant, she can't seem to learn enough about curling, river levels and the wicking capabilities of synthetic versus natural fabrics.
Before joining the Free Press in 2012 as multimedia editor, she worked as a reporter/photographer at the Waterloo Region Record in Kitchener. She graduated with a love of visual storytelling and a diploma in photojournalism from Loyalist College in Belleville. She’s also got a BA in International Development from the University of Guelph.
Melissa is based out of the Winnipeg Free Press News Café and works on stage. Literally. The desk is on wheels, on a stage. The random acts of journalism she helps to produce at the Café may include a live-streamed musical performance, an interview with a politician, a comedian, an Olympic athlete or a retired astronaut.
She has cherished the opportunity to tell Manitoba's stories with as many pretty videos and pictures as possible. She’s been nominated for several awards, including a National Newspaper Award, a News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) Pictures of the Year award and Canadian Online Publishing Award for a video documentary about a medical aid mission to Nicaragua. Along with photojournalist Ruth Bonneville, Melissa was awarded NPAC's 2012 Team Multimedia Project of the Year for a story on a Tough Mudder competitor.
In her spare time Melissa likes to take more photos, play soccer and try new beers or wines. (Not all at once).
Twitter & Instagram: @meltait