Melinda Lee

Professional Experience

Melinda’s first broadcast on local news was at age 11 as a guest on KTVF in Fairbanks, Alaska. She reported stories as a backpack journalist in Cuba in 2014 during her studies at Washington State University, where she also earned a NATAS Emmy Award, CBI Award, and SPJ Award for her coverage of Cougar varsity and club teams. During her final semester, KREM 2 News in Spokane, Washington hired Melinda as an MMJ Reporter. Melinda was a sportscaster and reporter for KULR in Billings, Montana and the Northwest region’s 24-hour sports and weather channel, SWX, prior to swapping mountains for beaches and joining the WINK News team as the weekend sports anchor and MMJ reporter in the fall of 2017.

Awards & Recognition

Television Sportscaster of the Year – Montana Broadcasters Association (2017)
Television Breaking News – Montana Broadcasters Association (2016)
Emmy Award of Excellence for Sports  – National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter(2014)
Mark of Excellence for Online Sports Reporting – Society of Professional Journalists (2014)
Best Sportscast Production – College Broadcasters, Inc (2014)

News Philosophy

Engage viewers by taking them on a journey in an original and unique way, working hard to share stories the make a positive difference in the community, and doing all things with heart, hustle, humor, and humility.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Melinda is an athlete that enjoys playing and watching sports almost as much as she enjoys eating, so she’s thankful everyday that she’s paid for her passion. Melinda also loves animals, videography, and chasing her curiosity by exploring new places and meeting new people.


Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Washington State University, with an emphasis in Journalism and Media Production

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The people!


North Pole, Alaska


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Fueling Florida’s future with a ‘blessing in a backpack’

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Lincoln gives these bags full of items away to the homeless. Photo via WINK

Child with autism gives special bags to the homeless

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