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Melissa Swan

Melissa Swan

2021

For more than 30 years, she was one of the most respected television personalities in Kentucky, first as a hard-nosed reporter, later as co-anchor of the top-rated newscasts in Louisville, and finally as co-host of WHAS Crusade for Children. After graduating from Indiana University and working for Lexington's WLEX-TV, she moved to Louisville, first with WLKY-TV and then with WHAS-TV in 1985. Three years later, she was co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. news, but kept reporting; five days before giving birth, she told the mayor about the Standard Gravure mass shooting and did stories on it. She traveled widely for stories, reporting on Kentucky families helping orphans in foreign countries and war-torn areas. For the Crusade, she told stories of special-needs children helped by it. She retired in 2017 and is a member of the Kentucky Broadcasters Hall of Fame.