Craig Melvin is a well-known American journalist and news anchor. A native of South Carolina, Melvin was interested in reporting stories and journalism at a very young age. He worked as a teen reporter during high school and bagged an Associated Press Award for his story. He went on to study at Wofford College and later returned to work as a journalist with WIS News in 2001. He started as a reporter and later worked as a news anchor. His work at WIS won him an Emmy award and made him a popular figure. Melvin next worked with WRC-TV, stationed in Washington, as a news anchor. He received his big break when he moved to New York City to work for MNSBC in 2011. Melvin hasn’t looked back since. He is currently an anchor for MNSBC and a news correspondent cum anchor for NBC News. In his career, he has covered a wide range of topics, including Election Night coverage, the Rio Olympics, the George Zimmerman trial, and Republican and Democratic Conventions. He was recently promoted as the co-anchor for NBC’s ‘Today’ show.
Craig Melvin’s career as a journalist flagged off rather early in his life. Even during high school at Columbia High, he worked as the teen reporter for WIS News 10, a local news channel. His industrious spirit and hard work won him an Associated Press award early in his career. This early encouragement instilled a lifelong love for journalism in him. Despite studying Government at Wofford College in Spartanburg, he decided not to pursue politics because it did not interest him. He returned to WIS News after graduating from college in 2001.
He worked as a weekday anchor, a features reporter, and eventually a weekend news anchor. He was popular for the ‘Craig Cam’ live shows and subsequently won an Emmy for his work. He was also named the ‘Best Anchor’ by the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Organization. He left WIS in 2008 and shifted to WRC-TV in Washington as a reporter and anchor for the next three years. During this time, he was the anchor for many weekend broadcasts.
In 2011, he earned his big break and joined MNSBC as Dayside Anchor and relocated to New York City. Since 2011, he has worked as an anchor and co-host for MSNBC Live weekend and MSNBC Live. Concurrently, he is also a part of NBC News. He initially started working as a news correspondent for NBC news in 2012 and later became an anchor. His most popular show for NBC News was ‘Weekend Today’ where he was the co-anchor from 2015 to 2018. He has also appeared as a correspondent on ‘Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly’ and is a contributing anchor for ‘Dateline NBC’. In August 2018, he was named the co-anchor of NBC’s ‘Today’.
In his career as a journalist, Melvin has carved a name for himself by covering important events and breaking news. His political acumen shaped during college helped him report during the elections and Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Melvin was the official NBC reporter during the Rio Olympics in 2016. He was also at the forefront during the Asiana Airlines 214 crash in July 2013, the Sandy Hook school shootings, and the George Zimmerman trial.
In addition to reporting, Craig Melvin has also conducted many interviews with famous personalities, such as Feidin Santana, Bill Clinton, and Nicki Minaj. In recognition of his achievements, he was named the keynote speaker at the RTDNA-Loyola University Chicago program ‘Anchor Leadership: Truth and Trust in the Digital Age.’ Melvin loves connecting with people and is active on several social media platforms. His Instagram and twitter accounts have over 51k followers.
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Craig Melvin was born on May 20, 1979, to Lawrence and Betty Melvin. He has two siblings: Ryan Melvin and Rev. Lawrence Meadows. He is currently married to Lindsay Czarniak, a former sports journalist for ESPN. The couple met each other on-air when Melvin appeared in Czarniak’s segments on NBC4 in 2008. Sparks flew between the duo, and they got married on October 15, 2011. The couple has two children: Delano Melvin (2014) and Sybil Ann Melvin (2016). Craig Melvin is known for his deep commitment to his family and community. He often volunteers his time and work with many local charities, where he mentors young students. His hobbies include running and cooking.