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Melissa Grelo

The face of Toronto’s mornings

Each week, almost four million television viewers across the GTA welcome Broadcast grad Melissa Grelo into their homes.

As co-host of “CP24 Breakfast,” as well as CP24’s “Breaking News,” Melissa has become as much of a morning staple as that first cup of coffee.

A former elementary school teacher, Melissa has always been a self-described “news junkie.” Her desire to pursue this lifelong passion as a career led her to Seneca.

“When I discovered the Broadcast program at Seneca, I knew it would be a perfect fit,” says Melissa. “It is geared toward people in my position, who have some life experience and a fulfilling career, yet want something more.”

Melissa considers her time at Seneca to be some of the best years of her education. The hands-on training she received in all aspects of television and radio complemented the theoretical learning she acquired at university.

“I had wonderful teachers,” she says. “Many of them still worked in the industry—passionate people who fed my own particular passion.”

Melissa has been with CP24 since 2006. She brings a wealth of diverse experience to the airways having served as a reporter, writer, anchor and commuter specialist. Melissa has been on the front lines for many local and international events, including the 2008 TTC strike and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

During the 2010 Winter Olympics, this Premier’s Award nominee was chosen to co-host CTV’s “Olympic Morning” with Seamus O’Regan. She was the go-to news source from the mountains of Whistler for millions of viewers across Canada.

Melissa’s popularity continues to grow, and she has become a fixture within Ontario’s media landscape. Last fall, she participated in a series of promotional videos for Seneca, which were screened in movie theatres across Ontario.

When Melissa is not in the newsroom, she is an avid supporter of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Community Association for Riding for the Disabled—a charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through quality therapeutic horse riding programs.

Looking back on how her career has unfolded, Melissa can easily see how Seneca got her to where she is today.

“Seneca gave me all the training that I needed,” she says. “And I got a job. Just like that!”