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Living up to a name. 

Story behind Joseph William melillo


The name “Joseph William Melillo” means I have a lot to live up to. I was named after both my grandfathers (Joseph A. Melillo and William F. Barnish), and it is my job to carry on not only their names but their legacy.

They lived with  HONOR and CLASS…….This is how I try to live my life everyday.

This philosophy translates into everything I do. My career, my hobbies, my social interactions and my adventures. I love being a news reporter because I find something new and interesting everyday.

I was born in Stony Brook, New York and moved several times before moving to Southbury, Connecticut.  I eventually graduated from Trinity College in Hartford C.T. in 2009. 

I represented my class as a senator in the Student Government Association for four years. I spent a semester studying in Rome and interned for a Connecticut State Representative. I also joined Alpha Chi Rho, better known as the “Crows”.

 I graduated from Trinity College May 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and a  Film Studies Minor.  Shortly after college, I went to the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. My first experience in News was as an intern for WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, where I worked as an assignment desk editor and on the weekly political program “Face the State”.

After my internship I spent the summer of 2010 as the on field MC for the Double A New Britain Rock Cats, a minor league baseball team in the Minnesota Twins system. I would run all the games on the field and help promote the team sponsors.

I took my experience and went on to work as a freelance reporter for online news websites like and  My first working experience in a newsroom was as an Associate Producer and Assignment Desk Editor for News 12 Connecticut in Norwalk.  I would cover all all assignments like the 2010 United States Senate Campaign in Connecticut. I got a chance to report from Republican Candidate Linda McMahon’s headquarters on election night.

I joined the WENY-TV NEWS Team in January 2011 as a General Assignment Reporter.

Everyday I get up with a new sense of excitement. I can’t wait to see what the God and the world has in store for me. I will continue to learn and grow, I will always be “Better Than Good” and have the strength to carry the family name on my back.  It’s a tough burden to bear but God dosen’t give you mountains you can’t climb.





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