Janet Shamlian

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Janet Shamlian
Janet Shamlian in London at Buckingham Palace for NBC's Today Show in June 2011
Born (1962-05-14) May 14, 1962 (age 52)
Oak Park, Illinois
Education University of Missouri–Columbia
Occupation Journalist; Correspondent
Employer NBC News
Notable credit(s) NBC Biography
Spouse(s) Leroy Melcher III
Children 5

Janet Shamlian (born May 14, 1962) is an American journalist. She is a national correspondent for NBC News and appears on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. She is a contributor to the prime time news magazine Dateline NBC and to CNBC, the business news channel owned and operated by NBC Universal. She has filled in as a news anchor on Weekend Today.

Early life and Education[edit]

A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Shamlian is a graduate of Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Professional career[edit]

Shamlian began her career at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan before joining CBS station KHOU-TV in Houston. She returned to her native Chicago in 1993 when she joined WBBM-TV. She left WBBM in 1995 to join KPRC-TV in Houston. She resigned from KPRC in 1997 to spend time with her family.

In 2004, Shamlian began working as a freelance correspondent for NBC News. In 2006 she was named a full-time correspondent, first assigned to Chicago and later to Texas.

In 2007, Shamlian conducted the first evening network broadcast interview with Michelle Obama, the wife of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama on the NBC Nightly News. In addition, she has covered a variety of national and international stories for NBC including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, Hurricane Katrina, the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the Death of Michael Jackson. She reports on energy for CNBC and has filed reports from an offshore oil platform and on top of a New Mexico wind turbine. Shamlian reported on the death of Steve Jobs from Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA.

Personal life[edit]

Shamlian lives in Texas with her husband and five children. She was a competitive figure skater while growing up in Park Ridge.[1] NBC sent her to cover the 2010 United States Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington.

She is of Armenian and Irish origin.


  1. ^ Nidetz, Steve (February 4, 1994). "Networks Make Sure We'll All Get Our Fill of Figure Skating". The Chicago Tribune. 

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