Digital Content Manager
Melissa hails from Kentucky where she worked at the NBC affiliate in Lexington (WLEX.)
She holds degrees from UK and UofL in English, French and Theatre. She spent time abroad teaching English and loves to travel whenever she can get away from the newsroom.
She also is a huge nerd and creates history content on TikTok for over a quarter million followers. She also hosts a history podcast in her limited spare time. She is a dog mom, a theatre kid and is always hungry (you don't have to ask).
Melissa is excited to be in the Suncoast and tell your stories. You might see her on the ABC7 live desk or on Top Clicks making bad puns. If you have good ideas for topics, reach out! Or if you see her in Publix, stop and say hi!
Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:05 PM CDT|
By Melissa Ratliff and Jordan Gartner
A mother-daughter stop at a retail store became more than just a typical shopping trip.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 3:32 PM CDT|
By Melissa Ratliff, Jim DeLa and Debra Worley
Circuit Court Judge Hunter Carroll denied the motion by Christopher and Roberta Laundrie to dismiss the civil suit brought by Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, the parents of Gabby Petito.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2022 at 12:36 AM CDT|
By Melissa Ratliff, Jim DeLa and Gray News staff
In a confession letter written prior to his death, Brian Laundrie claimed Gabby Petito’s death was a mercy killing after she suffered a head injury in a fall.