Melanie Woodrow

Journalist (California, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia)
Investigative reporter with KTVU San Francisco since April 2014. Previously reported for CBS Newspath in Los Angeles, and for The Doctors medical talk show.
Tags: Consumer Protection, Health Care

Links: KTVU bio | Twitter | (Current as of: February 3, 2015)

KTVU San Franciso

Melanie Woodrow joined KTVU as an investigative reporter in April 2014. During her time at KTVU she has investigated car dealers selling vehicles that were never repaired despite safety recalls, Golden Gate Bridge painters sitting down on the job and parking tickets issued to the wrong drivers.

Previously Melanie reported for CBS Newspath (the CBS national network affiliate service) and CBS2/KCAL9 in Los Angeles. While reporting for CBS2/KCAL9, Melanie’s live tweeting of a human trafficking investigation caught Twitter’s attention. Twitter ran a media blog about the conversation it sparked.

In September 2012, the nationally syndicated medical talk show The Doctors invited Melanie to join the show as The Doctors first full time investigative reporter. Melanie traveled the country for investigations she pitched, reported and produced. During season 5 on the show, Melanie exposed dangerous children’s toys, tested consumer products for toxins and uncovered alarming medical trends. Her first investigation on the show into a dangerous children’s toy led to a voluntary recall by the toy’s manufacturer. Melanie also produced two hour long episodes of the show.

Melanie’s reporting at WAVY News 10 in Norfolk, Virginia first caught The Doctors’ attention in 2010. The Doctors had Melanie on via satellite to talk about her synthetic drug investigation. The report was instrumental in changing Virginia law. Melanie joined WAVY in 2007 as the military beat reporter. She exposed several veteran complaints and grievances at the Hampton VA hospital. As the military beat reporter, Melanie had the opportunity to fly with the Roy Air Force Red Arrows and get underway on several Navy ships. Melanie was awarded the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Meritorious Award for Best Investigative Reporting and the VAPB Meritorious Award for Individual Reporter Effort. Melanie was also honored for Outstanding Feature Reporting by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. During her time at WAVY Melanie also anchored the Sunday morning newscast and created a monthly franchise called Healthy in Hampton Roads.

Melanie began her on-camera career at WHAG in Hagerstown, Maryland where she was the morning anchor as well as a reporter and producer. Melanie also reported for two local radio stations, Lite 97.5 and Cool 95.9. Melanie got her start in news as a production assistant at MSNBC in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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