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'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
Black dancers reflect on breaking boundaries with Houston Ballet tonight on ABC13
Multiple generations from the Houston Ballet told ABC13 how they defied the odds and found themselves center stage.
111-year-old Houston woman shares secrets to longevity
The centenarian woman has a 92-year-old daughter, three grandchildren, four great-grandkids, and two great-great-grandsons.
ABC13 anchor Melanie Lawson's COVID-19 story gets national attention
"I thought I'd be the last person to be exposed," she told Inside Edition.
ABC13 Anchor Melanie Lawson shares her COVID-19 experience
"I haven't been in a restaurant in months. Even our church services are online. When my doctor said 'You have it', I was floored."
Kamala Harris' sorority sisters from her alma mater celebrate her Vice Presidential victory
"It sends a message to young woman of color that they can reach these kinds of heights."
In ABC13 exclusive, Kamala Harris in Houston before winning VP race
Before winning the Vice President race, Kamala Harris made a stop to Houston to discuss her platform with ABC13 anchor Melanie Lawson.
Fiancée of fallen HPD sergeant says she's ready to forgive killer
As she held back tears, she said some of those closest to her disagree with her decision, but she's answering to a higher power.
Fiancee of fallen HPD sergeant speaks exclusively with ABC13
Sgt. Harold Preston was heading for retirement and engaged to be married when the 41-year HPD veteran died in the line of duty.
EXCLUSIVE: Joel Osteen admits he got emotional at Lakewood Church's reopening
In an exclusive ABC13 interview, Osteen says seeing so many members come back filled him with joy.
ABC13 hosts town hall on 'Black Lives Matter: Protests & Progress'
Four months after George Floyd's death, ABC13's Chauncy Glover and Melanie Lawson re-examined the movement against police brutality.