Melissa Ingells Benmark is the host for Morning Edition and also produces features and interviews for the program, with an emphasis on the arts.
Melissa rises early to arrive at WKAR in time to prepare for the 5 a.m. broadcast of "Morning Edition." A part of the WKAR staff since 1989, Melissa has also announced classical music, produced a jazz show for the station, answered phones and helped manage Earle Robinson's "SportsTalk/870," and supervised traffic and operations, among other things. A recipient of AP and Michigan Association of Broadcasting awards for use of natural sound, the Lansing native began her career at WCMU in Mount Pleasant. When not delivering the news, you can find the one-time Jeopardy contestant performing with her band, The Kanivers.