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 the biggest news stories in Cleveland, including continuous live coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention. She also sat down for a one-on-one with Democratic Nominee candidate Bernie Sanders. Melissa was live at every game during the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Championship win, as well as the Indians World Series run. She was the only live reporter covering the day when 5-year-old “CJ Saved Cleveland”. Melissa also traveled to the CDC when Ebola surfaced in Northeast Ohio. In the past, she covered the Anthony Sowell trial, 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. Melissa has filed live reports for Fox News, CNN, and HLN.
Melissa has been nominated for 14 Emmys, including best reporter and best live report. She was also named one of Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People of 2014.”
Melissa’s most important job is being a mom to Teddy and wife to Billy.
CLEVELAND (WJW)– A local activist group is proposing big changes to Cleveland City Council. The citizens group Clevelanders First submitted multiple boxes of signatures for the proposed change to be on the March ballot Monday morning. “We would like to go from 17 council people to nine. And we would like to take the salary from around $86,000 to $58,000 to be more in line with cities of comparable size,” said Bill Ritter with Clevelanders First. According to Ritter, Cleveland […]
WESTLAKE, Ohio (WJW)– Local police are warning people to be on alert after a string of credit card thefts at a popular shopping center. Surveillance cameras were rolling inside Soft Surroundings in Crocker Park in Westlake as a suspect snuck into the back break room and stole an employee’s wallet on Nov. 17. “In the middle of the afternoon, we started getting multiple phone calls of people’s stolen credit cards from Crocker Park,” said Capt. Jerry Vogel, with the Westlake […]
MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) — A closed sign hangs on the front door of The Bad L’s Hobby shop in Middleburg Heights. Owner Bob Lusch was forced to close after the store was robbed early Tuesday morning. Lusch estimates over a $100,000 worth of radio controlled and slot cars were stolen. “The thieves were very knowledgeable about slot cars and what they needed to take to get the most money of them,” said Lusch. Police say the burglars broke in through the […]
WELLINGTON, Ohio (WJW) – Hundreds remain without heat in one local community after a gas line break over the weekend. The porch lights are on at dozens of homes along Prospect Street in Wellington Monday night. Russell Novotny is among those waiting for his gas to be restored. “Extra blankets, sweatshirts, and thermal underwear,” said Novotny. A gas line ruptured Sunday morning, impacting about two thousand homes and businesses. According to Mayor Hans Schneider, the gas line was repaired. Crews are […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – It’s like the scene of a movie. A group of robbers cut through a concrete wall in order to rob a local phone store. The entire heist was caught on tape. “I describe it as the Shawshank redemption. Andy Dufrense is trying to break through the concrete with a chisel and eventually he gets through,” said Allied Communications district manager Raymond Lopez. Surveillance cameras captured three robbers emerge from the trees behind the Boost Mobile store on Superior […]
LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) – The CEO of the Lorain City Schools, David Hardy. Jr., is out. According to Lorain City School Board president Mark Ballard, the Academic Distress Commission voted Wednesday night, 5 to 0, to relieve Hardy of his duties, effective January 3, 2020. Ballard says the ADC also authorized the chairman to find a permanent CEO replacement. In the meantime, the school board will work with the ADC to find an interim CEO. Ballard says at least three of […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– It’s been a long year for Annie Zaleski of Lakewood. “It was shocking. It was hard to comprehend,” Zaleski said. One year ago, Annie’s closest friend, 30-year-old Nikki Delamotte, was shot and killed by her uncle in an apparent murder-suicide. “One day you are talking to a friend and texting, the next day she is gone. It was extremely difficult,” Zaleski said. A motive is still unknown and Nikki’s family and friends live with unanswered questions. “It is […]
HOCKING HILLS, Ohio (WJW) – It’s a unique place to stay for a short getaway. The home in Hocking Hills is one of the hottest rentals on Airbnb. Take a look in the video above. To see more on how to rent the Box Hop, click here.
LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) — People who live on the east side of Lorain are keeping their cars off the streets after a series of vandalism incidents to vehicles and homes over the weekend. “Sunday afternoon I was playing my PS4 with a friend. I told him I would be right back because I had to use the restroom and when I got done, I heard the doorbell ring,” said Daniel Yambrisak who lives on Nevada Avenue. It was police who were […]
KENT, Ohio – There was an electricity in the air for the Kent State University basketball team’s season opener. History was being made as freshman Kalin Bennett, a basketball player with autism, made his debut Wednesday night. The 6-foot-10 forward is the first person with autism to sign a national letter of intent with a Division I school. His mother, Sonya Bennett, watched him play from center court. She says Bennett was told he would never walk or talk, yet […]
ASHLAND, Ohio — Plenty of people have scary dreams now and then, but those dreams became a living nightmare for a local man who suffers from a rare sleep disorder. And, now, his wife has become the victim of his sleep fighting. “I found myself in the car at one in the morning, fortunately the keys weren’t in it so I wasn’t out driving around,” said Ron Whitehall of Ashland. “I fell down the steps, walking in my sleep, twice.” Whitehall […]
FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio– Fairview Park police are investigating after someone stole a bike from a man with autism on Tuesday. “I ride my bike to work every morning. I work at Savers from 8 to 4:30 p.m. and I ride my bike there. I lock my bike up,” said 25-year-old Jon Keith, of Rocky River. But when Keith went outside for lunch, his bike was gone. He said someone stole his orange Diamondback bike while he was working. “For someone to […]