|Updated: 4/10/2012 10:54 am
||Published: 3/28/2012 1:59 pm
| Melissa Hawkes got her start in news at KATC in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor. She spent two years in Cajun Country covering everything from crime to politics to education. |
Melissa’s had the opportunity to cover a few national stories, including the BP Oil Spill. She flew on a helicopter with the U.S. Coast Guard and got a first-hand look at the spill sight in the Gulf of Mexico.
She was born and raised in a town just outside of Houston, Texas. Melissa visited her first television station at the age of 16, and after seeing the fast-paced environment of a news station, she knew she had to be a part of the action.
She studied broadcast journalism at the Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. While in college, she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and also interned with a Fox news radio station at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The most memorable story she’s covered featured two Louisiana offshore workers who survived, after being stranded out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico during Tropical Storm Nate in September 2011. The workers were lost at sea for four days and witnessed two of their best friends die. The survivors chose to share their heart wrenching story with Melissa and her in-depth series tugged on the heart strings of many Louisianans.
When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family and playing with her two Maltese dogs, Emma and Pheobe. She’s looking forward to the Fall and football season to cheer on her Horned Frogs as they battle it out in the Big 12.
She excited to be living in Tulsa and explore the city.If there’s a story you’d like to see covered or just want to say hi, go ahead and send Melissa an Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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