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Issue Date: January 2014 Issue


Most Interesting People 2014: Melissa Reid

Melissa Reid

FOX 8 NEWS REPORTER, 31

WHY SHE'S INTERESTING: Reid has only lived in Cleveland for 2 1/2 years, but she's become a familiar face on Fox 8 News, where she's on the air at 5 and 6 p.m. The eight-time Emmy-nominated reporter covered some of our biggest tragedies, from the Chardon High School shooting to the Ariel Castro case and the Steubenville rape trial, but also had a chance to show off her fun side by reporting on naked yoga and the Portage County black bear sightings.

CITY GIRL: Reid moved here from Pittsburgh, but fell in love with Clevelanders because of their resiliency. "The people here think they're underdogs, but they really have no idea how amazing they are. These people deal with the most insane, unbelievable circumstances, but yet they get through it. Those are the stories I like to tell."

TWEET TIPS: With more than 6,900 Twitter followers, Reid tweets about everything from her favorite shows to sporting events and local happenings. It's even paid off when it comes to her job. "I get at least 25 percent of my stories from people sending me stuff on Twitter, sending me video and sending me stories to my desk. People tell me something is happening somewhere long before a police officer or an official will tell me."

CHASING LEADS: One of her Twitter followers sent Reid a video of a 17-year-old boy who was slammed unconscious in a street fight at Tremont Pointe in March. "Just by walking through the neighborhood and taking this video and showing people, we were able to get to the actual victim."

KEY PLAYER: Not long after landing in Cleveland, Reid was invited to play piano with the Cleveland Orchestra for a Christmas concert. "I love Cleveland because of all the opportunities. I've played piano since I was 6, and then here I am with a renowned orchestra and they're calling me a featured soloist. It was on my bucket list, and it was amazing."

ON-AIR APPEARANCE: "Sometimes I go on TV, and I completely forget to put on makeup. There have been many times where I'm literally jamming a story together right before, and they'll say, •Melissa, we're five minutes until air,' and I have to go au naturel."

IT'S A WRAP: When the cameras stop rolling, Reid is still tapped in, looking for the next story. But her husband of five years, an elementary school teacher, knows when to slow things down. "He's my turn-off button. He'll take the phone out of my hand and say, •Let's have dinner.' "

SPOILER ALERT: "I read the ending of a book before I read it. I also look up movies on Wikipedia or IMDB and read along as I'm watching, because I have to know the outcome."


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