Melissa Holmes is the co-anchor of Daybreak at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY. She is also a multi-media journalist who focuses on celebrating Western New York and its “Great Kids.”
Melissa joined 2 On Your Side 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 had her first television news job 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.
Melissa earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 2018 for her report “Under the Helmet,” profiling a Super Bowl winning NFL player who battled mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. The same story earned Melissa first place for Public Service with the New York State Associated Press awards. She is a three-time New York State Emmy award winner for her 2016 report about two young leukemia patients who fell in love, for Best Morning Newscast in 2014, and for her morning reporting during a windstorm in 2009. In 2013, Medaille College honored Melissa with the Female News Anchor of the Year Award.
What's most rewarding to Melissa though, is being a wife and mother. Her husband, Jay, is a sports reporter for The Buffalo News, and their 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.
Contact Melissa at Melissa.Holmes@wgrz.com
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