Melissa has been a journalist for more than 20 years, most of it in Spokane as a reporter and news manager at KXLY. Melissa grew up in Montana and graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She’s involved in numerous organizations that advance journalists’ rights and is a long-time mentor for others in her industry. She’s married to a journalist, KXLY’s Derek Deis, and they have two sons who occupy most of their free time. When she can find a moment, Melissa loves to watch sports and read.