Melissa Holmes co-anchors Western New York's #1 rated morning newscast, 2 On Your Side's Daybreak, each weekday from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. Melissa joined WGRZ in January 2012 and couldn't be more proud to be part of the Channel 2 News team and stand up for Western New Yorkers. After all, she is one herself.
She grew up in Amherst and is a graduate of Sweet Home High School. Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. She studied abroad in London and traveled Europe while working in the "War Room" at Sky News. Melissa worked at Syracuse's WTVH-5 as a producer, and WSYR-9 as reporter and anchor before returning home to work in Buffalo at WIVB-TV in 2005.
She's covered major stories that have touched the lives of Western New Yorkers, like the search for Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, the Surprise October Storm, the arrest and conviction of the Bikepath Rapist, the Crash of Flight 3407, and the "Snowvember" Storm of 2014.
Buffalo is known as the "City of Good Neighbors" and Melissa is proud to showcase the people and organizations that help the city live up to its name in her weekly "Good Neighbors" series which she produces, shoots, writes and edits.
Melissa earned New York State Emmy awards in 2014 with the Daybreak team for Best Morning Newscast, and in 2009 for her morning reporting coverage with WIVB during a windstorm. In 2013, Medaille College Dept. of Communications honored Melissa with the Female News Anchor of the Year Award.
What's most rewarding to Melissa though, is being a wife and new mom. Her husband, Jay, is a sports reporter for The Buffalo News, and their 1-year-old son, Elliott, is the love of their lives. You'll find them trying new restaurants (since Melissa can't cook), enjoying Buffalo's many festivals, and attending dozens of charitable events each year. They live in Snyder with their cockapoo Lucy.
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