During the time Melissa has been Executive Producer, the program has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, three AP Awards for Best Interview and three James Beard Awards, among others. Before that, she wrote for publications including The Christian Science Monitor and Yankee, covering everything from windmills and stained glass studios to tugboat captains.
She also edited the reissue of James Franklin's Rhode-Island Gazette.
A Greenwich Village native, she attended the Lyceum Kennedy Francais, and graduated from Barnard College with a double major in English and French. She has studied at the Art Students League, the Joffrey Ballet, and with Gary Restifo at Steps, and has sung with the Collegiate Chorale. She has climbed the Northeast 111 (the 115 highest peaks in the Northeast) as well as the New England 100 Highest, and loves swimming, when she manages to get to the pool in the morning.