Melissa Andrews is a traffic and news anchor at WTOL-TV, channel 11, and WUPW-TV, Channel 36 (Fox).
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Position: Traffic anchor, WTOL Your Morning and FOX Toledo Daybreak; WTOL Your Day anchor; WTOL News at Noon anchor
Station: WTOL-TV, Channel 11, and WUPWTV, Channel 36 (Fox)
Hometown: Medina, Ohio
College/school: Kent State University
Family: Husband, Ryan; daughter, Reece (3), and son, Drew (1)
First job: Morning show producer in Terre Haute, Ind.
First salary: $23,000 a year
My idol is: I would never tell him he's my idol, but my husband is definitely my guide, so to speak. He is calm, level-headed, and reasonable. I should honestly ask myself, "What Would Ryan Do?" He is a great friend and always seems to do the right thing.
Most embarrassing TV moment: During a commercial break while anchoring in Terre Haute, I was joking around with the sports anchor. But we couldn't stop! The producer slipped in a "kicker" about a kitten who survived crawling into a wood-chipper. The cat's name was Chipper. I got several angry emails from people thinking we were laughing about this poor cat's horrible injuries, when we really weren't.
Highlight of my career: I won't pinpoint just one. I'm a big believer in the saying, "If you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life."
My favorite thing to do outside of work: Patio night with friends and family.
I think Toledo's best-kept secret is: The Shared Lives Studio on North Saint Clair Street, downtown. The artwork is beautiful, one-of-a-kind, and made by artists with developmental disabilities. I have several pieces in my house.
People may be surprised to know that I: Love discovering my Ukranian roots. (My family name is actually Kuroczka). I was raised on pierogies and I keep bugging my grandmother for her kolache recipe, but she hasn't handed it over … yet!
In five years, I see myself: I'll still be working at WTOL and my kids will be 8 and 6! Yikes! I'll probably be up to my eyeballs in iPad 8s and the next Justin Bieber.
My dream job is: See above, where it says, "position."
Contact Kirk Baird at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-724-6734.
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