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MaryLee Melendez is an anchor for Spectrum News 1.  

The Maryland native spent the past few years covering Alabama. Most recently she was a news and sports anchor at WAAY in Huntsville. Prior to that, she served as Evening Anchor and Sports Director at WDHN in Dothan.

She covered an array of politics while in Alabama, ranging from the Governor Bentley scandal to the U.S. Senate special election with Roy Moore and Doug Jones. She has also covered two National Championships with the Alabama Crimson Tide, the College Football Playoffs, and SEC Championships. 

She studied music and theater at Catholic University's Rome School of Music in Washington D.C., and has an extensive background in the arts, working professionally at some of the top regional theaters in the nation, as well as on the big screen in movies, television, and commercials. 

She is a Helen Hayes nominated actress and has sung the National Anthem for both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. She also volunteers with the American Lung Association and as a mentor with the Distinguished Young Women of America Program. 

She has a passion for storytelling and being a part of a community and is looking forward to telling your stories across the great state of Ohio. 

If you have a story idea or news tip, you may contact MaryLee at marylee.melendez@charter.com.