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Melissa Gaona

Published On: May 14 2013 03:27:26 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2014 04:28:40 PM EDT

Melissa Gaona is a Multimedia Journalist for WDBJ7. She appears on WDBJ7 Mornin' as a reporter. Melissa joined Your Hometown News Leader in June 2011. In March 2014 she was named anchor of WDBJ7 at 10 on My19, and co-anchor of WDBJ7's 11 p.m. newscast.

Melissa was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and yes she is a Cowboys fan.

After high school, Melissa joined the United States Army. She served active duty and worked on diesel engines. Melissa says the experience made her appreciate the small things in life.

In 2004, she made her way to Texas Tech University and majored in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Melissa started as a pre-med major, but soon realized her passion was storytelling.

After graduation in 2008, Melissa worked as a sports reporter for a newspaper in East Texas.

A few years later, she headed to the Commonwealth of Virginia and her first TV news job was for WCYB in Bristol.

When Melissa is not reporting, she enjoys writing short story fiction and poetry, biking on the trails, painting, fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Melissa through email at mgaona@wdbj7.com, or on Facebook by clicking here.

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