Melissa McCarty is an Emmy-nominated national correspondent and producer, specializing in news and crime reporting. Starting out as a Las Vegas local news reporter, in under eight hours she, along with her photographer, busted an amateur prostitution ring. Using hidden cameras and swift research, the two found the operation point, captured the evidence, and the night ended with the arrest of a gang-member/pimp and freedom for his female prostitutes. Melissa also garnered attention in Las Vegas when she obtained a rare jail-house murder confession during a one-day story turn.
Her reporting has led to changes in Los Angeles city policies and made national headlines by captivating audiences with her bold reporting style. Some examples: while covering southern California wildfires, Melissa was burned by ember storms along the fire lines on live television; she's reported while trapped in the midst of active gun-fire; had glass shattered over her while covering LA riots; and she’s been live during life-saving rescues, floods, earthquakes and captures of murder suspects. Melissa has re-defined breaking news for the Los Angeles market, with CBS/KCAL creating a specialized shift for her and a photographer called SWAT. In one record-breaking day of her SWAT shift, Melissa was live in eight shows, in seven different locations.
During the course of three seasons as a correspondent for the Emmy-winning show "Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen," Melissa travelled the country ambushing accused killers, chasing after predators, and sharing the heartfelt stories of victims. Melissa and her team would hunt, find, stake-out and confront the accused killers, the only show to tackle such dangers in the field. Her story-telling and one-on-one interviews is what sets her apart from other reporters. Her fearlessness, mixed with vulnerability and heart, is what makes Melissa's reporting unique. In addition, Melissa contributed to the show as a writer and producer. She was given thirty minutes of national air-time to develop on her own, which resulted in an exclusive special episode, written, produced and reported by McCarty - a rare honor for a correspondent.
Melissa has appeared as a commentator on shows such as "Dr. Drew" and "Ashleigh Banfield", on HLN discussing the critical topics of mental illness, racism and injustice.
She also portrayed a version of herself in roles for several television shows: "Chuck" on NBC, "Lie to Me" on FOX, "Big Love" on HBO, "Real Husbands of Hollywood" on BET and in the films: "In Sight" and "Coldwater Canyon.” Melissa is also a sought-after speaker to women’s groups, at-risk teens, and journalism students.
She’s now tackling the tough topic of elder abuse along with Kerri Kasem, producing and developing the series for network buyers. Her memoir “The Making of a Crime Reporter” is available on Audible, iTunes, Kindle and Amazon. She plans to adapt her memoir onto the big screen.