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.


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


SWFL woman’s nonprofit supports Indian children in need

Nearly 9,000 miles separate Southwest Florida from India, but one Bonita Springs Family built a bridge to connect the two places. After seeing the...

Cape Coral woman reunites over 1,000 lost pets with owners

When a beloved pet gets lost, it’s a tough situation for the whole family. That’s why a Cape Coral woman has donated her time...
Janine Giovinazzi. (Credit: Janine Giovinazzi)video

Estero woman defies injuries, represents Team USA in weightlifting championship

'Weight' till you see how much Janine Giovinazzi can lift. "Throwing the heavy weight around and it's just so exciting," Giovinazzi said. "I mean strength...
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Alexa’s Love Scrub keeps you clean and helps those in need

A Naples girl is inspiring compassion in her community. The 8-year-old Laurel Oak Elementary student is helping several families in need start the school...
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Cape Coral woman gives families free dental, food before school starts

Hundreds of people in our area will not go hungry this week thanks to the generosity of one Cape Coral woman. The event, outside of...
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Fort Myers family finds sweet way to help Lee County homeless students

A little ice with something sweet poured over the top. That is the recipe a Fort Myers family found for helping homeless students in...

Purple Heart Appreciation Day acknowledges brave men and women

We are saluting the brave on Purple Heart Appreciation Day. Tom Delaney is one local man awarded the Purple Heart medal. On Wednesday, the army...

Arcadia ‘Building a Village’ to guide kids to success

Arcadia Police officers and first responders used their uniforms for a different purpose in Louis C. Anderson Park, playing kickball against children of the...

Cafe of Life gives away hundreds of backpacks filled with supplies to kids in...

On Monday, a Bonita Springs park was packed with hundreds of kids waiting to get a free backpack for school filled with supplies and...

North Naples seniors contribute school supplies to youth in need

A North Naples senior living community is looking out for today’s youth and making sure they are prepared to start the school year, contributing...

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