Melanie Lawson – Women with Heart Honoree for August 2020
Melanie Lawson-Minor is an Emmy nominated journalist at WJXT in Jacksonville, FL. She is one of the earliest risers on the number one rated morning show in Jacksonville, kicking off a 4-hour long newscast with the 5 am show. This award-winning journalist anchors each morning and reports daily on health issues and medical breakthroughs. Melanie was recently nominated for an Emmy for her “Take it to Heart” initiative, which educates the community about the number one killer of all Americans, heart disease. Melanie attended Hampton University in Virginia, where she graduated with honors, with a degree in broadcast journalism. She spends much of her time serving her community and feels a great responsibility to give back through public speaking, mentoring, and being a vocal leader in the Jacksonville area. Melanie is currently a board member for Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. The organization is a cooperative community effort to reduce infant deaths and improve the health of children, childbearing women, and their families in Northeast Florida. She is also a board member for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, which helps loving families become parents through adoption and foster care programs.
Melanie grew up in Longwood, FL just two hours south of Jacksonville. She found love during a news story and married fellow WJXT evening anchor Tarik Minor 10 years ago. The couple has a 7-year-old son, Noah Grace, and a 5-year-old daughter, Layah Grace. Melanie is also a proud member of First Baptist Church of Oakland in Jacksonville.
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