Melissa Adan, 23, who served as the Kendall Campus bureau chief for The Reporter during the 2011-2012 school year, is returning to Miami on June 1 after studies in Boston and a broadcasting job in Texas to work as a reporter and multimedia journalist at NBC 6 South Florida.
“I understand how Miami works and hope to successfully report it,” Adan said. “I want to tell particular stories and shed light to issues I want to revisit.”
Adan has worked as a weeknight reporter and the weekend anchor for CBS affiliate KLBK-TV in Lubbock Texas, for two years. She covered stories such as Pope Francis’ historic mass at the Texas-Mexico border.
She previously interned at CNBC headquarters in New York City as well as at CBS4 and Univision while living in Miami.
Adan graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. During her time at Boston University, she hosted weekly live show Good Morning B.U. and she was The Daily Press’ online editor.
She was also one of the first to interview “Cowboy Hat Hero” Carlos Arrendondo, who helped injured people during the Boston Marathon bombing. The story was posted in NBCLatino.com and aired by different Florida stations.
At The Reporter, Adan first served as a briefing writer, then was promoted to senior writer. She wrote stories ranging from the dismissal of Head Softball Coach Carlos Caro to the rescue of seven ducklings that had fallen into a sewer system at Kendall Campus.
“I got to pick a lot of my interviewing skills and my writing strengthened,” she said about the skills she learned during her time at The Reporter.
Adan explored journalism early on. At John A. Ferguson Senior High School, she was one of the youngest TV anchors for FBN 12, working from her sophomore year through her senior year.
Nancy Ozon, Adan’s former TV production high school teacher at Ferguson, describes her as determined, smart and ambitious.
“I remember her first story,” Ozon said. “She went outside the school sources and talked to people in the community. Since then I knew that she had a talent for journalism.’
Ozon is very excited for Adan’s new position.
“I can’t wait to turn on the TV and see her,” Ozon said. “I get the bragging rights.”
Adan aspires to eventually work as a national reporter.