Melissa Tamplin Harrison is a bilingual reporter with nearly two decades of journalism experience. A native Texan, Melissa is excited to return to her roots and to covering news in North Texas.
Melissa began her career at the NBC affiliate in Waco as an executive producer. She landed her first on-air job at KRBC-TV in Abilene where she co-anchored the evening 6pm and 10pm newscasts. Melissa went on to report at WAPT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, where she covered stories including the Pearl High School shooting. She then went on to anchor/report at WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2000, Melissa’s career path brought her back home to North Texas when she joined the team at WFAA-TV as a reporter/weekend morning co-anchor. While reporting here, Melissa covered such stories as the Texas Seven Escape Search and the D.C. Sniper attacks.
In 2005, Melissa fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to New York City when she enrolled at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. While there she worked on a dissertation focusing on grief and traumatic loss. Her research included the stories of people she interviewed over the years – including many from here in North Texas – who shared their stories of hope and how people can overcome grief in even the most tragic of circumstances.
While in New York, Melissa continued her career in television news as a freelance reporter at WNBC-TV and writer for ABC’s World News Tonight.
Melissa and her husband recently welcomed their second child and enjoy spending time with their friends and family throughout North Texas. When she’s not working, Melissa can be found playing with her kids, in a spin class at the gym, or trying out a new restaurant in the DFW area.
A high speed chase about 30-miles east of Shreveport, Louisiana ended with a high flying crash.