Craig Melvin named new Today Show news anchor

Craig Melvin to host Today Show

(WIS) - Congratulations are in order for WIS-TV alumnus, Craig Melvin. NBC News is moving Craig to host of the Today Show Monday through Friday.

Craig Melvin is an MSNBC Anchor and NBC News Correspondent who has made frequent appearances on The Today Show.

Before joining WRC in Washington, DC and then MSNBC, Melvin earned acclaim as an evening news anchor for WIS. Melvin received two Emmy Awards for his reporting at WIS and was also named "Best Anchor" by the South Carolina Broadcaster's Association during his time at the station.

According to his online biography, Melvin has covered a wide range of events, including the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the George Zimmerman trial, the Sandy Hook school shooting, and a series on the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Melvin's journalism career began during high school when he served as an "Our Generation" reporter for WIS. In that role, Melvin became one of the youngest recipients of an Associated Press award for a report on innovative teaching.

Melvin received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Wofford College in Spartanburg.

Craig still fondly remembers his time in Columbia. Recently during a satellite interview for a special project on homelessness, Craig told WIS Anchor Greg Adaline several stories about co-workers at the station.

He also passed along well-wishes for Papa Joe's retirement.

Craig stays in the loop of all the happenings of former colleagues, like when our Judi Gatson won the SC Broadcaster of the year award.

Craig did many outstanding things during his time at WIS, but one that stands out is his role in calming a prison riot at Lee Correctional institution in 2003. He was at the center of the 2003 incident when five inmates took two guards hostage for several hours. They refused to release them unless they talked to a member of the media.

We know he will continue to do great things in his new role! Congratulations!

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