Melinda Murphy

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Melinda Murphy has been a correspondent for CBS television news program The Early Show since October 2002.


Prior to joining The Early Show, Murphy was a feature and traffic reporter for WPIX-TV in New York City (2000–2002).

Murphy began her on-camera journalism career as the morning live feature reporter at News 12 New Jersey (1996–2000).

Murphy also worked at WCBS-TV (New York) as a news writer and field producer (1996–1998). While there, she won her first National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Award).


As the last airborne reporter on September 11, 2001, Murphy reported on the collapse of both World Trade Center towers and was one of two New York City reporters nominated for an Emmy Award for September 11 breaking news coverage. In 2002, she received an Emmy Award for her September 11 anniversary piece.

While at the WPIX, Murphy also won an Emmy for Outstanding On-Camera Achievement for Feature Reporting, and a New York State Broadcasters Association award for Best Feature. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her series of reports on a row house fire.

Career Behind the Camera[edit]

Murphy has an extensive background in television production and has worked in a variety of genres, including live televised events and syndicated talk shows.

Before beginning her on-camera career, Murphy worked as a senior producer on many pilots, and was executive producer and co-host of a pilot she created for the USA Network.

Published works[edit]

In 2002, Murphy co-edited "Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11"—a collection of accounts from broadcast journalists who covered the events of the day—with Allison Gilbert, Phil Hirschkorn, Mitchell Stephens and Robyn Walensky.

Murphy has also contributed chapters to two other books, "Broadcasting Through Crisis" and "On Camera."


Born in December 1963. Murphy grew up in Midland, Texas, graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. Though she worked briefly in Los Angeles, Murphy has worked primarily in New York, where she now lives with her husband.

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