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Emmy-nominated journalist Melanie Hebert co-anchors the weekday morning news at WWL-TV with Mike Hoss from 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. before teaming up with Sally-Ann Roberts and Eric Paulsen from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Hebert is a New Orleans native who has anchored various morning shows for the past decade, most recently at the city's NBC affiliate, WDSU. There she made her mark back in her hometown solo anchoring 12 hour shifts during the station's week-long continuous global coverage of Hurricane Gustav, which prompted an evacuation of at least 1.9 million Louisiana residents. She also anchored vital breaking news throughout the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the BP oil spill investigation, helped launch the first 4:30 a.m. newscast in the city and when the New Orleans Saints played and won their first Super Bowl in Miami she was there solo anchoring the morning show and reporting during the evening newscasts for a week.
Before returning to the Crescent City, Hebert anchored a Southern California newscast that won an Emmy for coverage of the 2007 Sawtooth Complex Fire. As co-anchor of the top-rated morning and noon newscasts in the Palm Springs market, Hebert’s reporting and anchoring at ABC affiliate KESQ also included the death of Former U.S. President Gerald Ford and a 5-part series home in New Orleans on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hebert investigated and broke the story of a major real estate scam that prompted several class action lawsuits and an arrest warrant. She also followed stories beyond the U.S. border investigating Mexican dental businesses frequented by Americans and partnering with her sister Telemundo station for an undercover series on black-market pharmacies.
While on the West Coast Hebert also worked as a freelance entertainment reporter, covering movie screenings and conducting celebrity interviews in Hollywood. Her entertainment reporting has been featured on Access Hollywood and the Detroit-based Movie Show Plus. She began in the entertainment industry early in her career by interning at the nationally-syndicated entertainment news magazine "Extra" in Los Angeles. She then took her first on-air job in Baton Rouge where she anchored a morning news and talk show while also hosting and producing a weekly public affairs show. Hebert covered the trial of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, created and produced two half-hour specials on the Miss Teen USA pageant, and created, produced and co-anchored the two-week local Olympic newscast "From Baton Rouge to Athens."
Hebert earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. She minored in Photography and Dance earning several of her dance credits at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. At LSU Hebert was captain of the LSU Golden Girls Dance Line, and the student body voted her Homecoming Queen in 2001. In New Orleans, Hebert graduated from Dominican High School and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (in Dance).