About

Melissa Leon is a writer and editor who is passionate about people and journalism.

She is currently a freelance Reporter at Fox News.

Melissa was previously editor in chief at American Military News, where she oversaw a news team that produced timely and relevant pieces viewed by millions of readers online and on mobile. Her past clips can be viewed here.

Melissa also owns and operates a CrossFit gym in New York City, where she oversees a staff of top-notch fitness professionals. Her facility has been fostering a fitness community in the East Village for six years.

Journalism

Melissa is an award-winning journalist who formerly worked at several weekly newspapers in New Jersey. She has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Military Reporters and Editors Association.

Fitness

Melissa is also a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer. She has also completed her Pendlay Level 2 Olympic Weightlifting course; the CrossFit Strongman, Mobility, Kettlebell, Endurance and Aerobic Capacity Trainer courses; and has participated in rowing and gymnastics seminars presented by professional athletes and coaches. Melissa has also been an active member of the New York Road Runners.

Melissa played high school and NCAA Division II collegiate tennis. She played both singles and doubles for Georgian Court University in central New Jersey, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism. Melissa was also active in the Student Government Association (SGA) and Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program, as well as editor of The Lion’s Tale newspaper and contributor to The Fountain Spray literary magazine.

Melissa lives in Manhattan, but she will always be a Jersey Girl at heart.

Photo, Eric Leon
Life on 12th Street, circa 2014.
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