Melissa Noel

Melissa Noel is an award-winning  journalist, on-camera host and content producer with proven impact at the intersections of media, sustainable travel and social justice.

She is known for her dynamic stories which raise awareness of underreported national and global issues and center on the Global Black Diaspora. As a television correspondent and multimedia reporter, Melissa covers breaking news and feature stories across the United States, Caribbean region and West Africa. 

Melissa is a contributing reporter to Huffpost.com and Essence.com. Her work has also been featured on NBC News.com, LonelyPlanet.com, Google Arts & Culture, One Caribbean Television, CBS News USVI, Caribbean Beat Magazine, theGrio.com, Ebony Magazine, ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight”. 

Her stories on culture, race, travel, immigration, climate change and mental health, actively inform and expand the ways in which we see, discuss and report on the experiences of the African Diaspora

During her tenure as a contributing reporting to NBCNews.com, Melissa reported and produced two innovative and award-winning story series, ‘Black and Undocumented’ centered on the legal battles of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S. and ‘Love In A Barrel’ about  Jamaica’s ‘Barrel Children’, Caribbean migration and mental health.

Melissa’s commitment to bringing attention to often-underreported stories has earned her several accolades. In 2017, her stories, as well as community engagement programming on ‘Barrel Children’, won the Global Excellence in Reporting Award from the International Labour Organization at the United Nations. In that same year, she was named a 30 under 30 Caribbean American emerging leader as well as the inaugural recipient of the“ Best Feature By A Diaspora Journalist” award by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

She is an International Center for Journalists ‘Bringing Home The World’ reporting fellow (2017) and a University of Southern California Center for Health Reporting Fellow (2017-2018). Melissa is also a grantee of the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting. She now works with the center’s education programming, teaching students in classrooms around the world and sits on the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium Advisory Council.

In 2018, Melissa received a Salute To Excellence award in digital reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). In 2020, she was named the recipient of the Ethel Payne Fellowship for foreign correspondence in Africa by NABJ.

Melissa is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Howard University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and Caribbean studies. She holds a Master of Arts degree in journalism from The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism, where she specialized in broadcast media and urban reporting.

She is a proud Guyanese American based between New York City and the Eastern Caribbean region.