Melissa Grelo was born and raised on a horse farm north of Toronto in the beautiful rolling hills of Caledon, Ontario.
She attended a French immersion elementary and high school and continued her language studies at York University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French. She also went on to earn her Bachelor of Education.
Melissa became a Grade 7/8 teacher and began the Masters of Education program at University of Toronto’s prestigious Ontario Institute for Studies in Education before deciding to follow her passion of Broadcast Journalism at Seneca College.
She quickly moved up the ranks in television broadcast, first by reporting for Barrie’s CKVR, then A-Channel then being promoted to CITY-TV’s flagship news station in downtown Toronto.
In 2008, she joined the newly-launched 24-hour Toronto news station CP24 under the CTV News umbrella and hasn’t looked back since.
She has reported on the biggest news stories in Toronto and the country such as the Sunrise Propane explosion in 2008, municipal and provincial elections and even the Much Music Video Awards.
But one of her career highlights came in 2010 when she was introduced to the Canadian national audience by being the only local tv personality to be chosen to co-host CTV’s live Olympic coverage from the Vancouver Winter Games. For 17 days straight, she and Seamus O’Regan co-hosted from the middle of the action in Whistler Village.
Her next career highlight came shortly after when she reported from the Academy Awards red carpet in 2012.
But the best was yet to come. Melissa pitched an all-female talk show idea to the then-president of Bell Media and a few years later, The Social was born. Over 6 seasons, Melissa and her co-hosts have interviewed the biggest celebrities, musicians and news-makers from around the world like Sting, Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Jackman, Keith Urban, Sandra Oh, Chelsea Clinton, Margaret Cho, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and so many more! The show travelled to California in 2015 and broadcast from Disneyland!
In 2016, Melissa was part of launching yet another show on CTV when she joined the new national network flagship morning program, “Your Morning”, with co-hosts Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake.
She continues in her role as contributing host.
When Melissa isn’t hosting The Social or Your Morning, she can be found hosting important network broadcasts like the Bell Let’s Talk mental health special with Howie Mandel, the annual Santa Claus Parade or the Queen’s Plate horse race on TSN and CTV. She also reports for special events such as the last two royal weddings from London and Windsor, UK.
Melissa has partnered with notable companies through her work on The Social and Your Morning such as Activia, Shoppers Drug Mart, Hershey’s Chipits, Sunwing, the Royal Canadian Mint, Huawei and fairlfe milk (Coca-Cola).
Melissa’s authentic appeal on television is also reflected in her social media presence and engagement. She has over 150,000 followers across her social media platforms and enjoys lively online debates from hot-button issues to politics to her hair and beauty posts to sharing her latest work and family travel adventures!
Melissa also enjoys engaging with the business and charitable communities by emceeing numerous events across the country.
She is an ambassador for GEM, an organization that mentors high school girls who face different barriers to success, and she has been the celebrity ambassador for Prince’s Trust Canada, Prince Charles’ Canadian charitable arm, since 2014.
When away from work, Melissa makes family a priority. She spends a lot of quality time with her husband, Ryan and daughter, Marquesa. They enjoy travelling around the world and being outdoors at the family horse farm. In 2016, Melissa launched a gender-neutral children’s clothing called line called “marQ”, inspired by her daughter. She and her co-founder Shayna Haddon have been enjoying support for their clothes across Canada and the world!