A TV director from Heanor has been named ITV news heroine of the year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.
Melissa beat nominees from ITV news stations across the country to win the accolade which was presented to her at the ceremony hosted by national newsreader Alastair Stewart at the British Film Institute on Saturday night.
She was praised for her infectious enthusiasm and her introduction of lunchtime bingo and summer camping trips, to help ITV Central staff unwind.
Mum-of-two Melissa said:” It was a big secret that I had been nominated, so when my name was read out, I was shocked and over-whelmed.
“I’m always talking about Heanor at work, and when they announced the winner Heanor got a mention and all the Central team started chanting ‘eanor, eanor’ as I went up to collect my award. It was fantastic.
“I try the to organise fun activities because I feel my friends and colleagues needed a bit of a laugh, as live television can be stressful.
“Everyone gets involved. Bob Warman won the top prize of a bottle of wine the other day and when I’m busy he calls the bingo instead of me. All the money raised goes to charity.”
ITV Central news editor Gary Newby said:”This award is thoroughly deserved. Melissa is the go-to person when we want to organise something fun.
“She’s also a real newshound flagging up what’s going on in her hometown as well as bringing in a copy of the Ripley and Heanor News every week.
“She would be great as a columnist on the paper.