Melissa Noel is an award winning, independent multimedia journalist. She is a correspondent and host for One Caribbean Television, ABC News USVI and CBS News USVI.
Melissa produces video as well as print and online stories for several news outlets including NBC News Digital, Huffpost and Caribbean Beat Magazine.
Her work focuses on telling stories about marginalized communities, the Caribbean region and its Diaspora. Melissa's reporting spans the United States and has taken her to Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao, Jamaica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines among other countries.
Melissa's commitment to bringing attention to the often underreported stories, has earned her accolades such as being named a 30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leader by the Institute For Caribbean Studies in Washington D.C; receiving the 2016 Global Media Award For Excellence in Reporting from the International Labour Organization/ International Federation of Journalists and the Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Shining Star Award for Journalism.
She is also the recipient of the inaugural Caribbean Tourism Organization award for Best Feature By a Diaspora Journalist in US or Caribbean Media and a White House Correspondents’ Association journalism awardee, an honor which was presented to her by the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Melissa teaches short courses on multimedia media, social media and computer assisted reporting to undergraduate and graduate students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Knight CUNY J Diversity Initiative.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. She is a proud Guyanese American based somewhere between New York City and the countries of the Caribbean.