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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Former LSU Golden Girl Melanie Hebert

NEW ORLEANS -- Melanie is proud to call New Orleans home and happy to help her neighbors begin their day informed, as co-anchor of "NewsChannel 6 This Morning."

"It's a rare privilege in this industry to land a job anchoring in your hometown," Melanie said. "When I visited WDSU for the first time the general manager said 'welcome home,' and I just knew it was the right time to come home."

Melanie grew up in Marrero and attended Dominican High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Upon graduation, she earned her Tiger stripes at LSU, where Melanie received a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism -- and put her love of dance to new use as captain of the school's "Golden Girls" dance team. In 2001 Melanie was also crowned LSU's Homecoming Queen.

She began her television career in Los Angeles at the nationally-syndicated entertainment news magazine "Extra" before she joined WVLA, the NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge, as a news anchor, reporter and host of a weekly public affairs program. There, she covered major stories, including the landfall and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the trial of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Hebert also created and hosted two specials on the "Miss Teen USA" pageant and launched a two-week Olympic special, "From Baton Rouge to Athens," serving as Executive Producer and co-anchor.

Melanie moved back to Southern California in late 2005 to anchor the morning and noon newscasts at KESQ in Palm Springs, where her morning news team earned an Emmy Award for its coverage of the devastating wildfires. She also broke the story of a real estate scam that victimized dozens of people -- some for as much as $40,000. Melanie returned to New Orleans on assignment, to produce a week-long series on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While pursuing a secondary degree in Spanish, she followed stories beyond the U.S. border -- investigating Mexican dental businesses and producing an undercover report on black market pharmacies.

Wherever she has lived, Melanie has been highly involved in her community. Her passion for the arts has led her to serve as Director of Publicity for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and as a member of the Louisiana Alliance for Dance. Melanie has hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon and has worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the United Way and the Louisiana Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, of which she was a founding member.


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