• Melanie Collins was born in State College, Pennsylvania and is a popular TV host and sports broadcaster
• She attended Penn State University and studied communications
• She began her sports reporting career at AccuWeather and moved up the ladder
• She is currently working for the CBS Network as the sideline reporter for NFL games and is the host of the “Driver vs. Driver” show on the Golf Channel
• She is currently dating James Neal and does not have any children


Melanie Collins Wiki Bio

Melanie Collins was born in State College, Pennsylvania USA, on 6 February 1986; nzodiac sign – Aquarius; holding American nationality. She is popular TV host and a sports broadcaster, an entertainment presenter and a journalist.

Early life and education

Melanie has been interested in journalism since a very early age – she was only seven when she started watching TV shows, and admired the female presenters and hosts. Her parents supported her love towards this kind of work, although they preferred to see her outside playing with her peers – she did not lose the passion for reporting throughout the years, and by the time she finished high school, she was sure about what she wanted to do with her life.

She is a bit secretive when it comes to her parents, and hasn’t so far talked about her mother and , although it is known that their names are Nancy and Doug and that they have been divorced for years now – her mother remarried, but it doesn’t appear that Melanie has any half-siblings. She hasn’t mentioned her siblings, but she has an older brother named Christian, and a younger brother called Kurtis.

After she matriculated from a local high school in State College, she enrolled at Penn State University, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2008.

Melanie Collins

Career of a reporter

While she was attending the second year of her uni studies, she worked as a bartender just so she could have enough money to support herself – one day, her friend asked her if she wanted to try and work at AccuWeather, which is the job that launched her career of a reporter. Melanie was subsequently offered an internship at PBS-affiliated WPSU-TV station – even though her job was somewhat small and unimportant at first, she got to move up the ladder, and became a co-host of the “Let’s Talk Sports Nittany Lions Fans” TV show. All of this happened while she was still studying – she left the station upon graduation.

After she received her degree, Melanie began working for the Big Ten Network or BTN, covering college football – as soon as the season was over, she received an offer from NBA-TV Atlanta, who wanted her as their online host and reporter which she gladly accepted. She was part of their team for an entire year, and afterwards worked for several popular networks, mostly on sports, such as MLB, NASCAR, PGA, PGATour, CSN, E! News Now, and NBC Sports Network.

Melanie is currently working for the CBS Network as the sideline reporter for National Football League games (NFL) while she is also the host of the “Driver vs. Driver” show airing on the Golf Channel.

CBS network

Melanie is currently working for CBS which seems to be the first job that she has managed to keep for more than a year.

CBS or the Columbia Broadcasting System is an American English language commercial broadcast TV and radio network which is owned by the CBS Corporation. Its headquarters are located in the CBS Building in New York City while it has many other facilities in New York and Los Angeles. Because of the network’s eye symbol, it is often addressed to as the Eye Network – the network started using the symbol in 1951.

The network’s roots go back to 1928 when United Independent Broadcasters Inc. were launched as a group of 16 radio networks – the UIB was bought by Paley and then renamed to Columbia Broadcasting System. Thanks to Paley, CBS became one of the biggest radio networks in the US while it later became one of the Big Three American TV networks. Paley sold the network in 1995 to Westinghouse Electric Corporation who renamed it to CBS Broadcasting Inc. which changed to CBS Corporation in 1997 – the current owner of the CBS Corporation is Viacom which is run by Sumner Redstone.

CBS’ radio division merged with Entercom in 2017 and therefore CBS is no longer in charge of operating its radio stations directly although it owns 72 percent stake in Entercom – however, it still provides radio news broadcasts to all of its radio affiliates.

Love life and relationships. Is she married?

Melanie started dating Scottie Upshall in 2009 – Scottie is a popular ice hockey player and it will later turn out that Melanie has a thing for hockey players. They dated for more than four years before calling it quits in 2014 – she then began dating James Neal who is a Canadian ice hockey player, and who now plays in the NHL for the Calgary Flames. The two are still together and seem to be very happy with each other and their two dogs, however, although they’ve been dating for five years now, they do not have any kids as they are both focused on their careers.

Melanie is currently dating James Neal, she hasn’t married, and doesn’t have any kids.

Hobbies and other interests

Both Melanie and her boyfriend James are animal lovers, and have two pitbull dogs named Onyx and Cosmo. Melanie loves eating and has admitted that the three things you are usually most likely to find in her fridge are Nutella, cheese, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. She enjoys being on the road and interviewing numerous ice hockey players rather than working in the studio – she generally doesn’t enjoy being indoors but prefers to spend her time outside. She is also a fan of travelling, which is another reason why she loves her job.

In order to stay in shape, Melanie visits the gym a couple of times per day, although she doesn’t always have time for it – besides being physically active, she is also taking care of her diet as she is trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Appearance and net worth

  • Melanie is 33 years old
  • Long blonde hair
  • Blue eyes
  • 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall
  • Weighs ~128lbs (58kgs)
  • Vital statistics are 34-25-35
  • Wears shoes size 8 (US)
  • She is not very fond of tattoos and piercings, which is why she doesn’t have any of either
  • Net worth is ~$400,000, earned from being TV host and a reporter

Fun fact

At the very beginning of her sports reporting career, Melanie got to interview the popular basketball player Kobe Bryant, and got into trouble for that as the interview was broadcast on numerous TV networks.

Social media presence

  • Launched Twitter in April 2009; followed by ~70,000; tweeted ~ 13,000 times.
  • Instagram is followed by ~46,000; uploaded ~620 pictures

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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