Delighted to be back in the city where she was born and raised, Melissa Garcia joined CBS4 Denver in March of 2014. Before returning home, Melissa reported the news for WOAI-TV in San Antonio. Prior to her work in South Texas, Melissa spent more than two years anchoring, reporting, and producing Abilene’s only Spanish newscast for KTES-TV Telemundo. She focused the majority of her time in the Key City working the Crime & Courts beat for KTXS-TV. Before reporting the news, Melissa hit the airwaves as an entertainment spotlight host on KCKK-FM in Denver. She also enjoyed a more recent stint in Denver radio after becoming “mom” to her daughter Sienna.
“I feel fortunate to be a part of CBS4,” said Melissa, of coming on board with her favorite local news team. “It’s the station I grew up watching.” And it’s also where she got her start in television as a college intern. Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in Communication and Certificate in Conflict Management. While earning her degree, she spent a year studying in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to improve her Spanish fluency.
Throughout her career in journalism, Melissa has worked on investigative reports, advocacy pieces, and human interest stories in addition to general assignments and breaking news. Some of her most memorable reports/series include digging up cold case murders, exposing local prostitution and accompanying C.P.S. investigators to the homes of abused children. Her many military stories shed light on the brave men and women who’ve fought for our country -and the striking challenges they face when returning home from war. One of her favorite pieces: saving a father from losing his home, which had been mistakenly foreclosed due to a bank error. Among her varied news repertoire, Melissa’s coverage of a town overrun by rattlesnakes aired nationally. She also broke the national story of a beauty queen whose title was revoked for eating “too many tacos,” along with the case of a severely burned wounded warrior who found a second career as a stand-up comedian in Las Vegas.
Alongside countless passions, Melissa loves scuba diving, travel to foreign lands, documentaries, animals and most anything that involves creativity. “Our lives on this Earth are about learning and growing,” Melissa says. “And it’s mostly through our own challenges that we grow.”
Just The Facts
Year Hired 2014
Most memorable interview Tim McGraw
Dream interview God
Role model Happy people living with severe disabilities
Dream job Rock Star/Singer
Job I would never attempt Financial Advisor
First TV appearance As a child, I was interviewed at the Iced Tea stand that I set up to raise money for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing
Favorite story Busting a phone scammer who conned an elderly widow out of her life savings
Why I am a journalist I have a passion for telling stories— and there is never a shortage of stories to tell
Hidden talent My dreams predict the future
What makes me laugh Crank calls (i.e. – The Jerky Boys)
Favorite food Ethnic
Fuel for the soul Music
Number of siblings 3
Number of pets 1 – “Dixie Pig,” the Shih Tzu
Favorite book Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Favorite movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Favorite vacation place Mexico
Favorite sound Thunderstorm
What one word best describes CBS4 Legit
What keeps me in Colorado Family, Seasons, Landscape, Quality of Life
The biggest risk I’ve taken Becoming a mom
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