Melissa Long is an Emmy-award winning Morning Anchor/Reporter with Atlanta's NBC station, WXIA-TV. Melissa has merged her interest in business and philanthropy with a regular series called 'Women in Charge' which highlights the entrepreneurial spirit and people making a positive impact in their communities.
Prior to her current assignment, she served as an international business correspondent with Bloomberg TV in Manhattan, Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia. While living in the Asia-Pacific region, Melissa reported from the frenetic streets of Hong Kong, covered the historic shake-up in Australia's parliament, filed a story inside a diamond mine and reported along the longest golf course in the world.
Before working for Bloomberg TV, Melissa worked as an Anchor/Reporter with CNN, HLN and CNN.com. At CNN, she contributed to coverage of the 2008 presidential election from major debates. She also reported from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and President Obama's inauguration. Melissa has anchored live breaking news of major news stories such as the execution of Saddam Hussein, President Ford's funeral and the daring rescue of hostages held for days by Somali pirates. Melissa has also interviewed a diverse crowd of politicians, business leaders and celebrities, including: Vice President Joe Biden, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, SPANX founder Sara Blakely, civil rights icon Joseph Lowery, Virgin's Richard Branson, Annie Leibovitz, Spike Lee, Jennifer Lopez, Il Divo, among others.
Earlier in her career, Melissa served as an Anchor/Reporter at TV stations in Rochester and Utica, New York. While living in Rochester, she was also an adjunct communications professor at St. John Fisher College and wrote a personal finance column in the local paper.
Melissa has earned awards from the New York Associated Press, New York State Broadcasters Association and The Radio Television Digital News Association. In addition, Melissa was honored with a journalism fellowship in China through the East-West Center and awarded two RIAS journalism fellowships in Germany.
Melissa is passionate about volunteering and has served as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters for 13 years. In Atlanta, Melissa is a volunteer with the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the Global Soap Project. Previously, while living and working in Manhattan, she volunteered with the homeless. In addition, Melissa spearheaded two voluntourism programs with children in Singapore and Costa Rica.
Melissa graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and policy studies and was awarded an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.