Melissa Voetsch is doing what she loves to do: telling the stories of people living in Northwest, Ohio.
Melissa has been working in television news in Toledo for over 30 years and is a two-time Emmy Winner for her Investigative Reporting. She has also received multiple AP Awards and Emmy nominations during this time. Six of those years have been at 13abc where she earned an Emmy for her reporting about the Heroin Epidemic. And Melissa was awarded her second Emmy for her Investigative Reporting about the Toledo City Council Corruption Scandal. She loves being able to shed light on stories that affect people's lives. Please feel free to forward any story ideas you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside work, Melissa cherishes time with her three beautiful children -- Madeline, Cole, and Gabrielle -- and the 13abc newshound Mabel, a Miniature Australian Shepherd. She also has the privilege of co-founding a volunteer organization called Agility Angels. They use trained therapy/agility dogs to help children with Autism develop social skills and self-esteem. Melissa also served on the board of trustees of the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, where they work to fill service gaps for families living with Autism.
She's proud to say she helped co-found Give Autism the Boot, a yearly collection with area rescue worker organizations that have raised more than a million dollars to date to fund programs serving families and their beautiful children in our area!
Most recently Melissa founded The Phoenix Project which helps women rebuild their lives following drug and alcohol addiction.
Melissa grew up in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from the SI School of Journalism from Syracuse University.
Northwest Ohioans are wonderful people and Melissa considers it an honor to live and work in such a beautiful part of this country!