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Living up to a name. 

Story behind Joe melillo

There’s a lot of meaning behind my name “Joseph William Melillo”. I have a lot to live up to. I was named after both my grandfathers (Joseph A. Melillo and William F. Barnish), there’s a constant burden I feel every day to live up to both their expectations.

They were part of the greatest generation, and lived their lives with honor and class. This is my lifelong goal.

Their philosophy translates into everything I do, including my career, my hobbies and my social interactions. I love reporting the news because I am able to dig and find what’s important. Not to mention I have a new adventure every day.

Born in Stony Brook, New York, my family and I moved several times before settling in Southbury, Connecticut.  I eventually graduated from Trinity College in Hartford C.T.

While at Trinity I did as much as I could to embrace the college culture and expand my horizons beyond C.T. I was a class senator for 4 years. I spent a semester studying abroad in Rome and interned for a Connecticut State Representative. I also joined the fraternity Alpha Chi Rho.

When I graduated from Trinity College May 2009 I had a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Film Studies Minor and a wealth of experiences that shaped the foundation iof the person I am today

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”.

During the summer of 2010 I worked as the on field MC for the Double A New Britain Rock Cats, a minor league baseball team in the Minnesota Twins system. You know the guy that runs the kid games on the field between innings and drives the mascots around.

My first career move was to work as an Associate Producer and Assignment Desk Editor for News 12 Connecticut in Norwalk.  I covered stories like the 2010 United States Senate Campaign in Connecticut and produced from Republican Candidate Linda McMahon’s headquarters on election night.

Then I got the call.

I worked for WENY-TV News from January 2011 for 3 years as a General Assignment Reporter, Anchor and Producer. These were the years I learned how to write and basically do everything else in the News industry.

Then in March of 2014 I moved to WIVB in Buffalo N.Y., just a short drive North West but a much larger city. I covered some of the most interesting stories I’ve ever seen. Including the “Snow-vember storm of 2014”, which dumped 8 feet of snow on Western New York.

For two weeks in January of 2015 I was sent to help out WISH-TV, WIVB’s sister station. During my time in Indianapolis I fell in love with the city and the station and decided to move for the 2nd time in less than a year to Indiana.

Now that I’m here I wake up every day with a new sense of excitement. I can’t wait to see what the God and the world has in store. I will continue to learn, grow and will always be “Better Than Good” . My hope is I have the strength to carry the family name.






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