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Melissa Reid joined the Fox 8 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2011.

Before coming to FOX 8, Melissa worked at WTRF in Wheeling, WV and KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA as a reporter and producer, respectively.

Melissa was born and raised south of Pittsburgh. She attended Bentworth High School and went on to study at Bethany College where she majored in broadcast journalism.

Melissa has covered some of the most high-profile murder court cases in Cleveland history, including Anthony Sowell, the Chardon High School shooting, the Amish Beard cutting trial, the Steubenville rape trial, as well as extensive coverage of Ariel Castro and the Cleveland captives rescued. She has also interviewed everyone from Betty White to Alice Cooper to Lebron James. Melissa also sat down one-on-one with Governor Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. She has also filed reports for Fox News, CNN, and HLN.

Melissa has been nominated for seven Emmys, including Best TV Reporter. She was also voted Cleveland Scene's best local to follow on twitter, and Cleveland Magazine's sexiest local celebrity, as well as most interesting people of 2014.

In her spare time, Melissa likes to spend time with her husband, Billy, and her dog, Miss Sophie Charlotte. She also plays volleyball, softball, golf, tennis, and is a mean ping-pong player. Melissa also admits to having a mean shopping habit.

Melissa is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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    Video: Wrongly-convicted man Ricky Jackson released from prison after 39 years

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — After nearly 40 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, Ricky Jackson is now a free man. Jackson and two other men were convicted of a murder in 1975 that they did not commit. It was finally revealed this week when a lone eyewitness confessed that he lied. Eddie Vernon, who was 12 at the time, said investigators pressured him to testify that he saw Ricky Jackson and two brothers kill a money order collector. […]

  • ‘We are free’: Wrongly-convicted man to join friend who also spent decades behind bars

    CLEVELAND- A man who spent almost 30 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit talked exclusively with FOX 8 News on Thursday. “I was sentenced to die, as was Ricky and my brother. We were 17, 18, and 20.  For a crime we didn’t do,” said Kwame Kamu Ajamu, of Cleveland. Ajamu was once Ronnie Bridgeman and he’s now 54 years old. “You have a young man who at 17, watched his older brother who was his idol, […]

  • Wrongly convicted: Man in prison 39 years about to get out after confession

    CLEVELAND-Friday, Ricky Jackson will be a free man. The 57-year-old Cleveland man has spent the last 39 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. This all comes after a witness confessed Tuesday that he lied as a boy back in 1975 when he testified he saw Jackson and two other men kill a man near University Circle in Cleveland. “The first time the witness recanted was to his pastor in a hospital bed in 2013.  And it […]

  • Video shows suspect’s dangerous decision during routine traffic stop

    NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio- A routine traffic stop in Newburgh Heights led to a dangerous foot chase beside a busy highway and it was all caught on the officer’s body cam video. “This was on Sunday, November 9, at about three in the afternoon.  It was a routine traffic stop,” said Chief John Majoy with the Newburgh Heights Police Department. But according to Chief Majoy, this stop was anything but routine. “The officer ran the plate, and saw the registered owner […]

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    Body cam shows disturbing arrest of man days before he’s accused of shooting officer

    NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio- Newburgh Heights police have released body cam video of the October arrest of a man who just days later allegedly shot a Cleveland police officer. According to Chief John Majoy, the Newburgh Heights Police Department had just started testing body cams when they captured the arrest of Deshawn Castleberry of Cleveland. Castleberry is the man accused of shooting an officer. Cruiser dash cam video captured police trying to stop Castleberry in a routine traffic stop on October […]

  • Video shows toddler behind bars with mom accused of shoplifting

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio- A mother is accused of shoplifting at a Walmart store in Strongsville and police say her three-year-old daughter was with her at the time. Surveillance video later shows that police lock up the woman, Latonya Bass, 27, in a holding cell with her child. Strongsville police maintain they did the right thing to allow the girl to stay with her mom while in custody, as they waited for the girl’s father to come pick her up. Bass was […]

  • Snow blower bandits: Thefts reported in local community

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH — Snow blower bandits are on the loose in Garfield Heights. Police believe a series of snow blower thefts in the city during the past month or so are related. “I came out to get my lawnmower to cut the grass, and my snow blower was gone.  Instead, there was a big hole in the back of my shed ,” said Richard Budzilek, who lives on Bohning Road in Garfield Heights. Budzilek says he doesn’t know when […]

  • Faulty furnace exposes family of 6 to carbon monoxide poisoning

    CLEVELAND-A family of six is recovering after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning early Thursday morning. “About 4:01 a.m. Thursday morning, we got a call from the resident upstairs that reported that the family downstairs wasn’t feeling well,” said Cleveland Fire Chief Patrick Kelly. According to the Cleveland Fire Department, the dispatcher recognized a potential carbon monoxide incident. They sent EMS to the home in the 1100 block of East 60th Street in Cleveland. “There were six victims, a total of […]

  • Nothing suspicious found after bomb threat at Perry High School

    PERRY, Ohio– The all clear was given Wednesday afternoon and nothing suspicious was found after all schools in the Perry Local School District in Lake County were evacuated and closed. A bomb threat — which officials believe to be a hoax — was discovered at the high school Wednesday morning. According to a notice from Supt. Jack Thompson, the threat was discovered on a bathroom stall. It said “bomb 12:15.” “Although we believe this to be a hoax, we will […]

  • Grumpy old men? Retirement home residents bullied by ‘The Bad Boys’

    BAY VILLAGE, Ohio- There’s something hostile in the hallways of the Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village. “There’s three main bullies.   The Bad Boys, they’re called,” said Debbie Spinks, a senior citizen who lives there. “I thought I was moving in with adults, but instead I feel like they are acting more like high school students,” added Nancy Boyer. The Knickerbocker is a retirement home for senior citizens 62 and over. Boyer said the three bullies have stolen her door decorations […]

  • Community mourns talented musician who died in van accident

    CLEVELAND- The local music community is in shock. Local musicians are stunned by the death of Scott Gast, 30, of Fairview Park, who died when his van flipped on Interstate 90 in Avon early Sunday morning. “We’ve been booking them for about a decade now. We used to book them in a venue in Lakewood,” said Jason Salupo, owner of West Park Station in Cleveland. Gast was lead singer of the local rock band CoCo BeanO. “Scott just loved what […]

  • Arrested: Police catch suspected serial robber suspect

    AKRON-Akron police have made an arrest after a series of robberies at housing near the University of Akron campus. Akron police said a 30-year-old male suspect allegedly robbed four different women at knife-point on four different streets. Police have the man in custody and have charged him with 2 counts of kidnapping, 4 counts of aggravated robbery, and 1 count of attempted kidnapping. Police say the first robbery happened around 2:00 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Cross Street. […]