Melissa Steininger was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but has called the Capital Region home since she joined the Spectrum News 1 team in June 2018. Prior to this, Melissa worked as a reporter for WTAJ news in Altoona, Pa.. However, Melissa’s first connection with the Capital Region began right after graduating from Temple University, as a prime-time producer for CBS 6 News. Since then, Melissa knew the Capital Region is a community where she’d always be proud to tell stories.
For Melissa, the news is all about sharing the stories of the people in the community and the ability to amplify the countless random acts of kindness that go unnoticed. More so, one of Melissa’s daily goals as a reporter is to uncover the hidden beauty within the community, while also giving the viewers the information they need to know and holding those in power responsible. Throughout Melissa’s reporting career, one story that sticks out to her as her most meaningful is her coverage of the devastating limo crash in Schoharie and specifically, the story of victim Amanda Halse's passion for artwork and astonishing talent. While covering this story, Melissa made sure to create something that would give the family a positive snapshot that they can look back on forever, and is an experience that she will always keep close to her heart.
When Melissa isn’t in the newsroom or out in the field, she’s usually catching up with her family and friends. With a passion for storytelling and writing, it’s no surprise that aside from journalism, Melissa is an avid theater-goer. In fact, she already has tickets purchased for this year’s Proctors season lineup!