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 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...
Ponciano "Poncho" Mauricio is a 101-year-old Cape Coral man who volunteers his time to fix equipment at The Cape Coral Hospital for 29, almost 30 years now. (Credit: WINK News)video

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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Veranda E in Naples offers fun fare during restaurant week

If you’ve been wanting to try foods like lamb or octopus, but fine dining didn’t fit your budget, a local restaurant may have what...
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Delectable dishes at Island Gypsy Cafe

Time to Sizzle Southwest Florida as restaurant week heats up. Melinda Lee, WINK News reporter, shows the dishes that will make your mouth water at...
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Sweet special at The Catch of the Pelican

Paving the way for future chefs, managers and restaurant owners. If you eat at a restaurant participating in Southwest Florida's Restaurant Week, you are...
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Sizzle Southwest Florida: Delicious seafood at Sails Restaurant

One of the big benefits of restaurant week is eating out at establishments that might not fit your budget. Sails in Downtown Naples is...

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