Melissa Torres joined the 22News team in September 2021 as a Digital Multimedia Journalist. Before joining the WWLP team, Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Communications with a focus in social justice and investigative reporting and a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Melissa most recently worked as a media mentor for New England Public Media’s Media Lab, which partners with youth in the western Massachusetts area and teaches media literacy as well as storytelling through multiple media platforms. Additionally, she worked as a journalist creating bilingual content for NEPM and the 2021 Puerto Rican Parade in Springfield.
Melissa also worked on a year long investigative journalism honors thesis at the Honors College at UMass Amherst on immigration reform. She created a podcast series that dived into the history of immigration within the United States, the pathways to citizenship and more. Additionally, the podcast featured a variety of different guests such as immigration lobbyists, lawyers and experts in the field of political science and immigration politics.
Hailing from the island of Puerto Rico, Melissa is a bilingual journalist and enjoys reporting on issues that impact marginalized communities of color, as well as stories that showcase Black, Indigenous, People of Color, (BIPOC) and the important contributions they make in western Massachusetts.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys supporting the arts by attending local music and theater performances.