Melissa Eichman has been reporting at Bay News 9 for more than a decade and loves the opportunity to impact the community and spark change.

She knows one’s story can impact so many people and a compelling story can strike an emotion or empower change. That’s why Melissa focuses on some of the more compelling and sensitive subjects in our community concentrating on mental health and social issues.

Melissa grew up in a military family and traveled the world as a young girl, including Japan and Hawaii.

She still loves to travel but one of her sisters lives in Florida and that drew her to this market. Lucky us! Melissa is married to a local firefighter, they live with their three dogs.

Melissa approaches her work with an open mind, she is always persistent with the goal of bringing the community information and news they need. She is a passionate professional. She says after moving so much, she has made Tampa home.