Melissa Noel is an award winning, Guyanese American multimedia journalist based in the New York City area. She produces video as well as print and online stories for NBCnews.com, Voices of NY and Caribbean Beat Magazine. Melissa is also a correspondent and host for One Caribbean Television, ABC News USVI and CBS News USVI.
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.
Both domestically and internationally, she is dedicated to researching, writing and producing news stories that center on the experiences and critical issues impacting Caribbean and minority communities.
Her reporting spans the United States and has brought her to Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao, Guyana, Grenada, Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines among others.
She has covered a number of political, governmental and social justice stories including the 2016 Supreme Court ruling on immigration reform in America, disparities facing black immigrants in America and the U.K., restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the global Black Lives Matter movement, marijuana decriminalization and legalization, mental health, sustainable tourism and the effects of migration on Caribbean economies and families.
Her body of work also includes many arts, travel and culture stories which have included high-profile interviews with celebrities like Majah Hype, The Mighty Sparrow, Tika Sumpter, Taye Diggs, Run DMC, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Cruise, Shaggy and Kool and the Gang, to name a few.
Her commitment to bringing attention to the often underreported stories of ethnic minority communities, 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; the Global Media Award For Excellence in Reporting from the International Labour Organization/ International Federation of Journalists; the Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Shining Star Award in Journalism; the inaugural Caribbean Tourism Organization’s award for Best Feature By a Diaspora Journalist in US or Caribbean Media; and a White House Correspondents’ Association journalism award, which was presented to her by former U.S. President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
She 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 is a University of Southern California Center For Health Reporting Fellow and an International Center For Journalists ‘Bringing Home The World’ International Reporting Fellow. She is also a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
She 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, where she specialized in broadcast media and international reporting.