Melissa Long is a news anchor for CNN.com Live, the network's live, multi-stream video service. Long guides users through news reports, anchors "Now in the News," a fast-paced hourly Web- and wireless-exclusive news update, and provides briefings on CNN/U.S. and HLN about the most popular stories on CNN.com. She joined CNN in 2005 and is based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta.
Since joining CNN, Long has anchored live coverage of major breaking news stories including the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict, the deaths of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford and the Virginia Tech shootings. For CNN.com Live, Long has covered all of CNN's major debates of the presidential candidates. She also serves as a substitute anchor for CNN and HLN and was anchoring CNN the morning the news broke of Saddam Hussein's execution.
Prior to CNN, Long worked as an anchor and reporter for WROC-TV in Rochester, N.Y. She also served as an adjunct communications professor at St. John Fisher College and wrote a weekly financial column for the Rochester Insider. Prior to WROC, Long worked at TV and radio stations in Syracuse and Utica, N.Y.
While working in New York, her reports earned her several awards from the New York Associated Press, the New York State Broadcasters Association and the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA).
Long has also participated in several international journalist exchange programs. In 2000 and again in 2007, Long was awarded fellowships in Germany through RTNDA and the RIAS Berlin Commission, a German-American coalition for broadcasting. She also participated in an educational fellowship sponsored by the East West Center which allowed her to conduct interviews throughout China. Long has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America since 2000 and, in 2008, spent a week volunteering at a children's home in Singapore.
Long earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and policy studies from Syracuse University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned a master's of business administration from the University of Rochester.