Melanie Lawson
Award-winning journalist Melanie Lawson is privileged to work in the city where she grew up. Journalism has always been in her blood. She is the anchor of Live at 5 and ABC13's midday show, Eyewitness News at 11 a.m.

Melanie has had a varied and exhilarating career at ABC13, covering virtually every city, state and national election. She's also reported on stories as wide-ranging as Houston's first Black and female mayors to natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey and the deadly Texas ice storm, to the global careers of superstar performer Beyonce and Destiny's Child.

Melanie has traveled to Cuba, Panama, Australia, Sudan and South Africa, among other national and international locations. She's won numerous awards for her reporting, including three Emmys, and she is well-known for her in-depth interviews with a wide range of notables, including three U.S. presidents, Vice President Kamala Harris, prima ballerinas Lauren Anderson and Misty Copeland, the Dalai Lama, legendary journalists Barbara Walters, Robin Roberts and Ann Curry, the late poet Maya Angelou, gospel superstar Yolanda Adams, former heavyweight champion boxer George Foreman, film directors Tyler Perry and Spike Lee, evangelists Joel and Victoria Osteen, and actors Betty White 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 has worked with numerous community organizations, including Houston Ballet, SHAPE Community Center, Asia Society, the Rothko Chapel, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Children's Defense Fund, Volunteer Houston, the Ensemble Theatre, and the Houston Association of Black Journalists. She is also a member of the Texas Lone Star Chapter of the Emmys, Women in Film and Television, and the American Leadership Forum. She belongs to the Houston Chapter of Links Incorporated, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. In addition, Melanie is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Princeton University.

Melanie has been honored as the YWCA's "Outstanding Women of the Year," and has lifetime achievement awards from the Houston Press Club, Houston Community College, Women in Film and Television, and the Houston Association of Black Journalists. She's also been named a "Women of Distinction" by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, and given the Ben and Julie Rogers Ecumenism Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

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

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

Melanie's Stories
NCAA donates $100K for renovations at historic Third Ward basketball court
Blue Triangle was created in 1919 and became a part of the YWCA in segregated Houston. The Y paid for Black members to meet separately from its white members until a group of women decided to buy their own property.
Watch an exclusive conversation between ABC13's Melanie Lawson and Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters was the first, in so many ways, the first woman to anchor a morning and evening newscast, and the first to create a groundbreaking talk show aimed at women.
The 'Sisters Network' has helped Black women navigate breast cancer for 30 years
"Triple negative" is one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, and it strikes Black women more than twice as often as white women.
2 women involved in Houston's first sit-in demonstration speak with ABC13 to commemorate 62 years
The TSU students didn't stop there. They protested the end of segregation across the Houston area, even stopping at City Hall.
'I feel strongly': VP Kamala Harris says faith doesn't have to be abandoned to back women's rights
"One does not have to abandon their faith or religious beliefs to agree that a woman should be able to make a decision about her own body," the president said when she addressed thousands at the convention.
Queen Elizabeth II's death: Houston officials recall her majesty's visit to Bayou City in 1991
From receiving a key to the city to attending service at a historic church, the queen's visit wasn't just a stop. People recall it as a visit with purpose.
Back to school at my mother's namesake: Audrey H. Lawson Middle School
The Eyewitness News anchor goes back to school and meets the principal and students of Audrey H. Lawson Middle School.
ABC13 town hall highlights inequalities facing Texans with disabilities
One in four Texans has a disability. From health care access to the fight for higher wages, our experts answered your questions about how to address the inequalities.
2022 Houston Pride in Business Awards honors LGBTQ+ leaders
Hundreds joined the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce to show some pride Wednesday at the Downtown Aquarium.
Health issues force Texas Rep. Garnet Coleman to retire from state politics
Rep. Garnet Coleman said he's stepping down due to his long-standing health problems. But an incident last May landed him in the hospital and that's when he said he decided to retire.