Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell


Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

Melissa started her career as a desk assistant in 2012 right here in the nation’s capital. Shadowing reporters and anchors kept her around many newsrooms before she made the jump into TV news as a reporter in the Green Mountain State. After exploring the backroads of Vermont and spending some time in Florida, Melissa is excited to be back where it all began right here in the District. 

Throughout the years, she’s covered everything from Hurricanes in the Bahamas and presidential campaigns to mass shootings across our nation and crime in Canada. It has been a sometimes heart-wrenching path but seeking out the truth is a task she is honored to be a part of. 

But it doesn’t get done without the trust of listeners willing to share their stories. Email Melissa at mhowell@wtop.com or find her on Twitter @mhowell003.

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