Melissa is no stranger to the newspaper industry, being fresh to WordSouth after an award-winning tenure as the Chief Photographer for the Times-Journal in Alabama. She is an avid hiker, kayaker and musician. An admitted choir nerd, she has extensive voice and piano training, but loves (trying) to learn new instruments. She has never met a pizza she didn’t like, is a big fan of Michael Bolton, and her Pomeranian, Cricket, is the love of her life. She is also married to fellow WordSoutherner, Will Gaines.