Melinda Lee

Melinda shares ‘Inspiring People’ stories and if you know an outstanding individual you’d like to see recognized on WINK News, encourages you to contact her at [email protected]

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.

Education

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

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The people!

Hometown

North Pole, Alaska

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Cape Coral man pays it forward after Hurricane Irma

It's hurricane season. And when strong storms strike, the American Red Cross comes to help our community. Many of the people providing that aid...
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One Naples student’s app is up for a national award, and you can help...

Nick Rice said it all started with his desire to learn computer skills. "I used up my allowance money to buy source codes for websites...
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City of Fort Myers honors SWFL youth sports volunteer Donny Overholser

Honoring a devoted volunteer. The City of Fort Myers American Little League is saying thank you to a man who has volunteered more than 50...
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Swim With A Mission team to swim Bermuda Sound, raise money for St. Jude

Swimmers are diving in to support the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Thomas Pear and Sarah Sawyers formed their Southwest Florida team...
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Cape Coral veteran dedicates decades of his life to the history of SWFL

A Cape Coral veteran is bringing history to life, so everyone can celebrate the people and events that paved the way for the Southwest...
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101-year-old WWII vet has 29 years of fun volunteering for Cape Coral Hospital

A Cape Coral veteran is passionate about living his life for others. He is a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, a volunteer and to those...
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Vietnam veteran bakes a difference in Southwest Florida

Can you imagine 600,000 cookies? A local veteran has made even more than that. This is how 'Uncle Charlie' Kellenberger tells you that you are loved....
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Campiello Kitchen’s features its delicious ‘pizzeta’ for restaurant week

Do you like pineapple on your pizza? One downtown Naples restaurant does and that is not the only fruit they are piling on their pies. WINK...
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The Oyster Society serves sizzlin’ specials for restaurant week

As Southwest Florida works to increase "food tourism," local eateries are contributing by taking part in restaurant week. You can sample three courses of delectable...
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Mediterrano brings unique flavors to Sizzle Southwest Florida

There is still time to take advantage of fine dining made affordable for families. Sizzle Southwest Florida restaurants offer three-course meals for $26 or...

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