Melissa Harrison, a veteran journalist with a TV-news background, will jump to the radio side on July 1, when she joins Mike Rogers and Scott Sams as a co-anchor of KRLD/1080 AM’s 5 to 9 a.m. newscast.
Harrison most recently did free-lance work for KXAS/Channel 5 in DFW. She has worked in TV news at stations in DFW. Abilene, Waco New York, Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Miss.
She was also an assistant professor and broadcast-journalism consultant at Biola University, a private Christian college in La Mirada, Calif., not far from Anaheim.
According to Harrison’s NBC 5 bio, Harrison, a native Texan and Baylor grad, began her career at the Waco NBC affiliate as an executive producer, and had her first on-air gig at KRBC in Abilene, where she co-anchored the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. In 2000, she began a stint at WFAA/Channel 8 as a reporter/weekend-morning co-anchor. She covered the “Texas Seven” escape and the D.C. sniper attacks. For much of her career, including during her Channel 8 gig, she was known as Melissa Tamplin.
In 2005, she moved to New York to enroll Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In New York, she did free-lance work for WNBC-TV and wrote for ABC’s World News Tonight.
Like Harrison, co-anchor Sams has an extensive TV background, including nearly two decades at WFAA (Harrison was there during Sams’ final years at the station) and a shorter term at KTVT/Channel 11, which like KRLD is owned by CBS. Rogers is a longtime radio veteran who has been at KRLD more than 20 years.