Melissa currently serves as the Senior Live News Editor at CNN Digital where she directs, executes and oversees live multimedia coverage of political breaking news and 2022 elections from the DC bureau for the NOW team. She works with digital programming teams across CNN's global newsroom — video, reporters, editors, correspondents, and photo — to spearhead and assign live multimedia coverage and use visual journalism, live streaming and on the ground reporting to inform and engage audiences around the top breaking news stories of the day. She coordinates the planning and digital live coverage of major DC news events at the White House, Congress, Pentagon and Justice Department. Her team’s coverage appears throughout CNN’s domestic and international digital platforms and social accounts reaching more than 170 million multiplatform monthly unique visitors.
Melissa formerly served as the Morning Coverage Editor for live video and breaking news at The Washington Post. In her role, she produced video stories to accompany digital reporting, spearheaded and oversaw The Post's live coverage of news events and developed strategies to broaden the reach of The Post's video journalism across content-sharing platforms. She led cross-departmental communication around daily video content, and executed multimedia live coverage of news events happening at the White House, Capitol Hill and federal agencies in Washington. She worked alongside video and section editors to spot trending visual social stories that would resonate with the Post’s digital audience and engage new audiences. Prior to this role, she led the the Post's evening breaking news video team, and covered the 2018 midterm election and more than 30 major breaking news events including the Parkland school shooting.
Melissa joined The Washington Post in 2017 from CNN, where she produced a daily political show for CNN en Español that aired across Latin America and led the network's Washington bureau digital coverage. She was part of the "Voto Latino" political production team that covered the 2016 presidential campaign from Washington and the field. Before working at CNN, Melissa was a fellow with the NBC News Washington bureau and worked with the Univision affiliate in Austin.
Melissa has a Master’s in journalism from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies and serves as Region 3 Director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), an organization that aims to increase the representation and influence of Hispanics in the news industry. Melissa was born and raised in Venezuela, and is passionate about amplifying stories about the U.S. Hispanic community and Latin American region.