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Melody Mendez is the co-anchor of FOX 32's Good Day Chicago. She joined the WFLD team in November 2013. Her love of storytelling and constant learning makes journalism the perfect career for Melody. She cherishes every opportunity to meet new people and share their stories.
Before coming to Chicago, Melody was a morning anchor and host at FOX 31 Denver. An avid skier, Melody loved her time in the Rocky Mountains – but is ready for the freshwater shores and energy of Chicago!
Melody is a graduate of Boston University's College of Communication, where she received the "Dennis Kauff Award" for excellence in journalism.
After graduation, Melody headed south and began her broadcast career at WBBJ in Jackson, Tennessee as a reporter and Bureau Chief, before moving to the anchor desk. While evening anchor, Melody was part of the team that launched the station to its spot as the highest rated ABC affiliate in the nation. During Hurricane Katrina, Melody led a major effort to get water to victims on the gulf coast. With her help, six tractor trailers full of bottled water were sent to those in need.
After 2 years in Tennessee, Melody was hired by WICD TV in Champaign, Illinois. She quickly worked her way up from General Assignment Reporter to Anchor. While there, she worked closely with the American Cancer Society and helped organize the first Champaign County Relay for Life.
From Illinois, Melody made her way to the Pacific Northwest as a reporter/anchor for KOMO 4 News in Seattle, WA. While there, she was fortunate to witness the community band together after the slaying of four police officers in a Lakewood coffee shop, and covered the hunt for their killer. She often filed reports for their Spanish-speaking station, KUNS (Univision).
The daughter of an Air Force Pilot (and Air Force Academy grad), Melody has traveled the globe. Her job has brought her to small towns and cities across America. She is thrilled about moving to the Windy City and can't wait to be a part of the community.
A native New Englander, Melody loves sports and remains a loyal Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins fan – no matter where she lives! When her Boston teams aren't in town, she looks forward to cheering on Chicago teams!
Melody is a classically trained singer who loves to travel (especially to Peru to visit her family in South America), read, workout and spend time on the water. While this may surprise you, Melody is no stranger to power drills and belt sanders! She enjoys wood-working in her spare time; especially refinishing antique desks and buffets.
She also loves spending time with her rescue dog, Ike. Weighing in at a slight 8 pounds, Ike doesn't enjoy the cold unless he's wearing his puffy coat! Melody and Ike can't wait to explore the city and discover all that Chicago has to offer - even in the winter months!