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
Remembering Houston civil rights activist Beatrice Green
Family and friends described Beatrice as a gentle soul, but with the toughness to fight against segregation and discrimination.
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church opens new building and welcomes members for 1st time in nearly 2 years
The church that helped define the Civil Rights movement in Houston reopened in a new building in the heart of the Third Ward community that it's always been built to serve.
Frances 'Sissy' Farenthold remembered as passionate advocate
She was just shy of her 95th birthday, but despite that, her friends said she was still fighting for the rights of women and minorities.
New Crosby ISD superintendent makes history in role
The new superintendent is using her time as a student, teacher and principal to lead the district forward.
Cyclist injured in accident received life-saving miracle thanks to doctor
The cyclist said his brain injury could have been deadly had it not been for this special doctor.
Dow Chemical president opens up about being an openly gay leader
Dow North America president Louis A. Vega opens up about his own coming out journey and why he sees inclusion as a business superpower.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed's new book reflects on Conroe upbringing
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed might have left Texas, but tells Melanie Lawson the state never left her.
Exploring the life of Jack Yates: The true story of a Houston hero
He's dubbed the "Father of Black Houston" - he's a Houston hero who adopted the Bayou City and changed it profoundly.
Lawson Legacy: How Reverend Bill Lawson became Houston's Pastor
"I wanted to be a cartoonist" Instead, Reverend Bill Lawson became Houston's Pastor. "Lawson's Legacy" has candid, never-heard-before stories of his life's journey including peacefully integrating Houston, tireless community outreach, and how a letter written on a dare led to the love of his life.
Exclusive one-on-one interview with Gov. Greg Abbott about failed voting bill
After failing to get SB7 passed during the regular session, Abbott said his team is sorting through thousands of bills awaiting his signature.