• Melissa Knowles is a correspondent for "Morning Express with Robin Meade" on HLN, based in Atlanta.

    Prior to joining the on-air team at HLN, she worked at Yahoo!, where she hosted "Trending Now," The Summer Olympic Games in London, and Super Bowl XLVII.

    Earlier, Knowles served as a correspondent for BET News, and covered the presidential inauguration in 2013. Previously, she was an anchor/sideline reporter for Fox Sports covering the Detroit Pistons. Knowles also anchored "Big 12 This Week" on ESPNU, a weekly college sports show centered around the Big 12 Conference that broadcasts nationally. During the last five years, Melissa could also be seen on the sidelines reporting on many college football, basketball and lacrosse games on the ESPN family of networks.

    Knowles took a keen interest in journalism during her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University. She was a staff writer for The Daily Campus, the student-driven campus newspaper, and is one of the founding members of the daily TV news program, "The Daily Update" that airs on SMU-TV. In 2004, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from SMU at the Meadows School of the Arts.

    Knowles nearly followed in her parents' footsteps to attend law school, but mere months after graduating from SMU, she received her big break in TV. She became an anchor for Channel One News, the educational network that airs in schools all across the U.S.

    Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Knowles is an avid reader, a die-hard sports fan, and would suit up for the Cowboys at free-safety if they'd let her.

    Currently residing in Atlanta, Knowles practices yoga and Pilates, and enjoys cooking in her spare time.