Melissa Martz is a photojournalist and Twins blogger for WCCO-TV.
She started her career in Fargo, N.D. at WDAY-TV, covering blizzards and floods. She also produced the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts for a year, but discovered she just didn’t like sitting at a desk, so she focused on photography, where she can be out covering the news.
After Fargo, Melissa moved to Fort Myers, Fla. Where she worked for WINK-TV, a CBS affiliate. She worked there for four months before Hurricane Charley hit, with the eye of the storm passing right over her house. She describes it as “four months of normal and then nothing but hurricane stories for a year.”
In addition to Hurricane Charley, she has covered five other hurricanes: Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Wilma and Rita.
After a year of hurricane coverage, Melissa moved to Topeka, Kan., where she worked for KTKA-TV and covered Kansas University basketball and football.
She also covered a lot of military stories because Fort Riley is nearby. One that stands out for her is the story of Afghan soldiers who were being trained in security by U.S. soldiers. Both the U.S. and the Afghan soldiers let Martz film a bomb-scare scenario in a village with fake ammunition. She was able to follow the soldiers on foot, shooting and taking insurgents into custody.
Before coming to WCCO-TV, Melissa worked at WDAF-TV in Kansas City. She covered a lot of ice storms and tornadoes.
Melissa grew up on a farm in Cando, N.D. and was really excited to take the job at WCCO-TV to be much closer to home. She’s a big Twins, Vikings and Fighting Sioux fan. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University – Moorhead.
Melissa also loves animals. She has a dog, Linkin, and two cats: Lil Bit And Spartacus.
Since 1913, hockey players in St. Paul have been proudly putting on a jersey with the name “Johnson” stitched onto the front. Saturday, current and alumni players from Johnson High School laced up their skates to celebrate the program’s longevity. Johnson has gone to 22 state tournaments, winning four of them. One of the school’s most notable graduates is hockey legend Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team.
A sea of pink took over the roads Saturday in the north metro. It was part of a unique, head-turning motorcycle run for charity, where the passion of the riders is just as bright as the color they’re wearing. In the video above, WCCO photojournalist Melissa Martz rode along in the Pink Ribbon Run.
It’s one of the most hardcore and craziest winter sports out there – Red Bull’s Crashed Ice.
It’s been 25 long years since Madonna graced a Minnesota stage. She’s rocking St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center Saturday night, with an encore show Sunday.
Last week I set out to do a little Spring Training shopping.