Melissa Ross – Women with Heart Honoree for December 2018



Melissa Ross is the Emmy award-winning host and producer of WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program.



The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI).

First Coast Connect was honored in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized multiple times as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality.

Melissa also hosts and produces WJCT Television’s interactive TV town hall program, Community Thread.

She has worked as a fill-in columnist for the Florida Times-Union and the website Florida Politics.

As executive producer of the film The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital.

During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.

Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in television broadcasting, including stints as an anchor, reporter and host in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Prior to joining WJCT, Melissa spent three years in the corporate communications field at Jacksonville’s Dalton Agency. During her stint at Dalton, she was cast in the HBO film Recount, playing- what else- a reporter!

Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications.

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