Melissa has been an on-air personality in Ft. Wayne since 1984. She currently anchors the weekday 5 pm, 6 pm and 11 pm newscasts on 21Alive. Prior to joining 21Alive, Melissa worked at radio stations WGL and WAJI. Her 28 years on TV might help explain why she has been chosen "Fort Wayne's Favorite TV Personality" ten times by readers of "Whatzup" magazine, and "Best TV Anchor" in the Journal Gazette Reader's Poll.
Melissa is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Elmhurst High School and DePauw University. She has been married to David C. Long since 1982 and the couple has two sons: Adam and Erik. Melissa has served on the boards of many local organizations including Audiences Unlimited, The Study Connection, the YWCA, The Youth Arts Council, SCAN, The Fort Wayne Zoological Society and was a member of the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. She also enjoys the many opportunities to lend a hand to local non-profit organizations and schools as a speaker and event emcee.
She has appeared in numerous theatrical productions at IPFW and First Presbyterian Theatre and has performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Her hobbies include playing the piano, violin and banjo. Melissa loves to cook for family and friends. She also holds a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.