Melanie Lawson
Award-winning journalist Melanie Lawson is a proud Houstonian and a product of Houston schools.

Journalism has always been in Melanie's blood. She started first as a full-time general assignments reporter at Channel 13, then went on to become the co-anchor of Live at 5 and Channel 13's midday show, Eyewitness News at 11am. Melanie also hosts a weekly Community Affairs program called "Crossroads", focusing on issues and events around our city.

Melanie has had a varied and exhilarating stint at Channel 13. She has covered virtually every city, state and national election during her career. She has traveled to Cuba, Panama and Africa, among other places. She's won numerous awards for her reporting, including an Emmy for her coverage of President Clinton's visit to South Africa, the only local reporter in the nation to make that trip. And Melanie has interviewed a wide range of notables, including three U.S. Presidents, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama, poet Maya Angelou, Grammy Award winners Destiny's Child, former heavyweight champion boxer George Foreman, director Spike Lee, legendary journalist Barbara Walters, evangelists Joel and Victoria Osteen, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and actors Lily Tomlin, Shirley McLaine and Denzel Washington.

But Melanie's favorite stories are those about Houston's rich, multi-ethnic community - especially stories about children and those quietly working to make a difference in their lives.

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Melanie Lawson says if she wasn't a journalist she'd love to make movies and documentaries!

Melanie's involvement in the Houston community is far reaching. She is on the board of numerous community organizations including the Houston Ballet, SHAPE Community Center, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Volunteer Houston, and the Houston Association of Black Journalists. She also belongs to the Houston Chapter of the Links, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and the American Leadership Forum.

She is also a member of the Texas Lone Star Chapter of Emmys and Women in Film and Television. Melanie has also been honored as the YWCA's "Outstanding Women of the Year", a "Women of Distinction" by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, and the Ben and Julie Rogers Ecumenism Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

She received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University and a joint degree in Law and Journalism from Columbia University. Melanie worked at a Wall Street law firm for three years before returning to Houston. She is admitted to both the Texas and New York State Bars.

Last, but certainly not least, she is a proud member of the church founded by her parents, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.

Melanie's Stories
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Former Texans player fighting to save athletes after twin's death
A former NFL player says he needs all of Houston to show up Sunday to help stop athlete deaths related to sickle cell trait.
Legendary Texas Southern University debate coach Dr. Thomas Freeman turns 100
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'I'm looking forward to the future:' Son of Joel and Victoria Osteen prepares for next generation of Lakewood Church
He's been a part of Lakewood Church his entire life, but now he's stepping into the spotlight.
Tuskegee Airmen visit Space Center Houston to share new documentary
The Tuskegee Airmen became a symbol of pride for many Americans during their service in World War II.
Former Houston Prima ballerina Lauren Anderson opens up about dark secret
It's been more than a decade since she hung up her pointe shoes, now she's opening up about the stress of her life on stage and behind it.
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More than 50 years ago, a bullet changed history and tried to stop change.