Living up to a name.
Story behind Joe melillo
My name; “Joseph William Melillo”; has a lot of meaning. I was named after both my grandfathers (Joseph A. Melillo and William F. Barnish), and with that comes the feeling and responsibility to live up to their legacy. They worked tirelessly their entire lives to achieve their dreams. Both were successful as will I but only if I have the same work ethic as they did.
They were part of the greatest generation, and lived with honor and class. This is how I measure my life.
Their philosophy translates into everything I do, my career, my hobbies and my social interactions and most importantly my career. I love being a journalist because I am able to stand up for whats right. I try to do it with the same class my family would want. Everyday brings a new opportunity to give the voiceless a voice and tell a "better than good" story.
I was 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 Studied Political Science. What I didn't know, like most graduates right out of college, my major didn't have to be my career. I wasn't tied to my degree. As a freshman was voted class senator, and continued for 4 years. Sophomore year I interned for a Connecticut State Representative from West Hartford. Junior year I a went abroad in Rome. Senior year after injuring myself on the football field, I stepped into the broadcast booth. With a Minor in Film Studies, I took all of my experience and came to the realization I'm a journalist.
Then in 2012 I interned at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, as an assignment desk editor and on the weekly political show “Face the State”. During that summer, 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.
Gaining speed in my career, I moved on and worked 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 field produced from Republican Candidate Linda McMahon’s headquarters on election night.
Then I got that first gig in "the business".
I worked for WENY-TV News from January 2011 for 3 years as a General Assignment Reporter, Anchor and Producer. These were the formative years in Broadcast T.V. I learned quickly and I learned a lot.
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. What else does God and the world have in store? I will continue to learn, grow and will always be “Better Than Good” and always have the strength to carry the family name.