Melissa Stokes is a TV 1 News Presenter and Reporter. She has worked across a number of TVNZ news shows, including Breakfast, Sunday and Seven Sharp.
Melissa is an award-winning News Reporter who started working at TVNZ in 2001. In her role she covered a range of major stories and events, including the Christchurch Earthquake, Beijing Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.
For two years, she was the 1 News Europe Correspondent, based in London where she covered the conflict in Israel (spending the night in Gaza travelling in and out of bomb shelters), drove from Syria to Lebanon to see the conflict from both sides, covered "that" Rugby World Cup in France, The America's Cup in Valencia, stood outside Number 10 as Tony Blair left and has interviewed some big stars including Jennifer Hudson - and the cast of High School Musical!
She has even visited the Scottish Hebrides where she went rat hunting!
Melissa is a regular host of large events including Business Awards and Charity fundraisers - drawing on her journalism and ad-lib skills to deliver a polished performance.
She is a Mum of two boys, and in her spare time, Melissa will most likely be found in her active wear wrangling them!