Melinda Spaulding is the Emmy award winning co-anchor of Fox 26 News at 5 & 9 p.m. You’ll often find her emceeing charity events, reporting stories to inspire, and mentoring young people around the city of Houston.
Melinda has been named Best On-Air TV Personality by the Houston Media Alliance and has been nominated for similar honors by the Houston chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She received the Audrey Lawson Impact Award for her work in media, a Lone Star Emmy for her reporting, and was named one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston.
She joined the Fox 26 family in late 2004 as a live reporter for Fox 26 News at Nine and a fill-in anchor. Melinda soon became co-anchor of “Fox 26 News at Noon”. And then went on to launch the new hour long Fox 26 News at 5, adding the primetime newscast to her duties a year later with Fox 26 News at 9.
Before Houston, Melinda was a reporter and anchored morning updates at WGNO, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans, where she received an Emmy for “Best Spot News Coverage” and was named "Best Spot News Reporter" by the regional Associated Press. The New Jersey native began her television job tour as a writer and morning news producer at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. While at KTLA, she won an award for "Best News Writing" by the regional Associated Press. She started her journalism career in online media in New York as a member of the launch team for Entertainment Weekly Online and then as the first editor-in-chief for Essence Online.
The proud mother of two loves serving the Houston community, especially organizations that help young people. Melinda’s “Dream Journal Academy” provides journals to area school children to encourage them to write about their passions and dreams. She’s also served on the board of Family Houston and the advisory board for Pro Vision Inc.
The Howard University graduate loves exploring the Bayou City with her husband, son and daughter.