Melanie Layden joined Channel 4 News in December 2014 as a newscast producer and became traffic anchor in January 2016.
Melanie is a native of Jackson, TN, and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Mississippi.
Melanie won the Journalism Excellence Award her senior year at Ole Miss after working at the college television and radio stations.
After graduation, she became a newscast producer and morning traffic reporter at WAAY in Huntsville, AL, where she worked for two years.
While in Alabama, she became involved with the Huntsville Young Professionals, an organization that worked to raise money for children’s charities and local hospitals.
Melanie is pursuing a master’s degree in meteorology through Mississippi State University to become a certified meteorologist.
“When I went to college, I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do, but I had always been fascinated by weather,” Melanie told her high school’s alumni department in a story for the school’s web site. “Growing up in West Tennessee, I saw several tornadoes rip through my hometown. It piqued my interest in learning how to predict these storms and, in turn, possibly save lives.”
Melanie graduated high school from the University School of Jackson.
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