Emmy Award-winning Melissa Wilson is an anchor for FOX 26 Morning News weekdays. Then, she loves to head out to the Texas Medical Center and throw on comfy scrubs and follow doctors and patients through procedures, as medical reporter for FOX 26. Melissa co-anchored FOX 26 News at 9 p.m. for ten years, as part of the longest running anchor team at FOX 26. Melissa made the switch to mornings in 2010, when her son began school and she needed "mom friendly" working hours. It's a great move career-wise, as she enjoys all of the live interviews and a more relaxed format that comes with a morning news program. A Texas native, Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Baylor University. She began her career as the evening anchor at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls and then went on to anchor at Florida's News Channel. Houston Woman Magazine named Melissa one of the "Top 50 Most Influential Women in Houston". American Women in Radio and Television nominated Melissa for "Personality of the Year". She has been honored with the prestigious "Gracie Award" and Lone Star Emmy Awards. The Fair Care Center of Houston named Melissa a "Living Legend". The Houston Press named Melissa one of Houston's "Most Beautiful Reporters". Melissa has been an Honorary Co-Chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure since 2000. She also serves on their Advisory Board of Directors. She serves, or has served, on the following Boards of Directors: Children at Risk, Lazarus House, March of Dimes, United Way, Harris County Community College Nurse's Association, "Gifts with Heart", and Baylor Business Network. This year will be her 12th Annual "Melissa Wilson Golf Classic" for Children at Risk. Melissa is a member of Baylor University Women's Association and Sigma Kappa's Alumnae Association. She is a "Friend" of Escape Family Resource Center. She has volunteered for the Christian Community Service Center and is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and The Society of Professional Journalists . She has interviewed everyone from Mexico's President Vicente Fox, Kofi Annan, Walter Cronkite, Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, Dan Rather, to Actors James Earl Jones, Andy McDowell, Rob Schneider, Lucy Liu, and singers Josh Groban, Nora Jones, Clay Walker, and Amy Grant. She has gotten to meet Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, and First Ladies Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, as well as Al and Tipper Gore. Melissa is also heavily involved in her children's activities. She serves as the Co-Den Leader with her husband for their son's Cub Scouts troop. She has served on the Capital Campaign Cabinet, as well as the Gala Fundraising Committee at her son's school. She has taught her sons' Sunday school classes. She also loves to play sports with her children. They stay busy taking care of the family pets, including: a puppy, two cats, a leopard gecko, a turtle, fire belly toads, hermit crabs, a hamster, and many fish. She also enjoys capturing special moments with her family and career through scrapbooking. Gardening is also one of her favorite ways to spend time.
Medical students in Houston have formed a group to help with everything from groceries to pet care. FOX 26's Melissa Wilson reports that one answered the call to help by assisting parents with tutoring their child under the guidance of a certified speech pathologist.
With a spike in COVID-19 cases, we spoke with an infectious disease epidemiologist about the precautions you should take while working out at the gym.
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Linda Yancey with Memorial Hermann in Katy says while they're seeing more patients lately with COVID-19, they still have plenty of room to treat more patients.
Eliot's enthusiasm about fitness is contagious and got the attention of the YMCA's National SilverSneaker's Program. Out of 3,000 nominations across the country, Eliot was just named its "Instructor of the Year".
CEO's from four of the Houston's largest hospital systems joined forces to reassure the public that the Texas Medical Center still has plenty of room to treat patients.
TIRR Memorial Hermann has created a program specifically designed to help patients who need rehabilitation after surviving COVID-19.
A local mobile company is helping fill-in the gap of closed doctor's offices, providing care in a patients' home or even their workplace.
"Nasal sprays can be designed just to stay after you spray for about eight hours on the surface of the inside of your nose. I can imagine either a patient who's already infected or as a prophylaxis to spray, so that's the way we're designing it," states Dr. Quay.
Doctors say a female's immune system typically fights pathogens better than a male's by producing more antibodies. This appears to be the case with this coronavirus, as well.
The virus doesn’t just affect the lungs in critically ill patients. Doctors say it can attack every organ, including the brain, muscles, and nerves.