Honorees

September, 2009

Craig Melvin

News Anchor

After 7 years at WIS, Craig Melvin became a hometown star.  Now he's making his mark on Washington DC as weekend anchor and reporter at NBC-owned WRC-TV in Washington, DC.

Melvin joined the WIS team in July 2001.  He was a news photographer and producer before becoming the featured reporter on the morning news, known for his roving Craig Cam live segments.
 
He later anchored WIS News10 Saturday Morning and the weekend editions of the News at 6 and Nightcast before moving into a weekday anchor role.
 
Besides anchoring, Melvin frequently covers major news events and does in-depth reporting.  He traveled to Germany to tell the story of our wounded warriors.  He's done extensive reporting on education in South Carolina, Columbia's homeless, and gangs in the Midlands.  Melvin has also been at the center of a prison hostage standoff.
 
Melvin first worked at WIS while still in high school.  He served as an Our Generation Reporter from 1995 to '97.  In 1996, he won an Associated Press award for his story on innovative teaching.  He was one of the youngest ever to win such an award.
 
In 2006 the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Melvin with the prestigious Emmy award, naming him best anchor in the Southeast.  In 2007, the South Carolina Broadcaster's Association named him best anchor in South Carolina.
 
While working in South Carolina, Melvin spent much of his free time mentoring young people and working with several charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday after the Masters Tournament.
 
Melvin is from Columbia, where he attended Columbia High School, and is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. He enjoys reading, cooking, trying to tame his dog, Trouble, and spending time with his friends and family.