FOX 26 Morning News Anchor Melissa Wilson is known for her bright smile and sunny disposition, but did you know that she can also kick a cinder block in half? That's right. Melissa sports a mean Tae Kwon Do strike.
Here's something else you probably don't know about her: She was raised on a Texas ranch and has always had a huge love for animals. "My Dad always supported that," says Melissa. "Growing up, I had prairie dogs, deer, a donkey, emus, ducks, goats … I could go on and on!"
So, it's not surprising that, as an adult, she tries to provide the same environment for her own kids. Presently, the Wilson family includes a chinchilla, a gecko, fire belly toads, turtles, a hedgehog, two cats, a dog, countless snails and plenty of fish. "We have a blast," says Melissa. "Any time my two little boys ask me for a pet, I say ‘yes'. You only live once."
Here are some other things you probably don't know about Melissa:
She was talking in full sentences by the time she was nine months old and, as a child, was "obsessed" (her word) with reading.
She's an accomplished pianist and, while in school, traveled the country to compete.
Melissa was always an extremely serious student, but she was also intent on becoming a dancer. She studied toe, tap and jazz dance, which came in handy when she was chosen to be her high school's mascot. "I was The Dancing Hawk, and it was great," says Melissa with a laugh. "I wore a big green costume, and all the kids would run up to me. Plus, I got to dance!"
While attending Baylor University, Melissa worked as a 9-1-1 operator. "I helped deliver babies over the phone, I helped people who were having heart attacks and strokes," says Melissa. "That's a big reason I got into medical reporting." Later, while in graduate school, Melissa worked as a medical assistant.
What's another thing you probably don't know about Melissa? She's always had a thirst for adrenaline pumping hobbies. Besides the aforementioned Tae Kwon Do, Melissa has also logged countless scuba dives, sky dives, and white water rafting adventures, including one with the British Army in Canada.
Melissa is also a huge travel buff. Growing up, her family would plan elaborate, cross country road trips, plotting their routes in advance. "My Mom taught my brother and me everything about each state, from the official trees, to the birds, flowers and plants," says Melissa. Together, they visited all fifty states, sampled many regional foods, and wore themselves out playing car bingo.
So what does Melissa like to do when she's at home? It turns out that she's also obsessed (her word) with decorating. "Everybody in the neighborhood gives me a hard time," says Melissa, laughing. "Especially during the holidays, I go crazy making it fun for my kids. I decorate the yard and literally every room in the house."
Here's one more thing you probably don't know about Melissa: She met her husband David here in Houston but, as they discovered later, they'd both grown up just miles apart in northern Texas. "We lived in tiny neighboring towns, but our paths never crossed," says Melissa. "Our parents had mutual friends, and there were all these crazy coincidences, but it took a chance encounter in Houston for us to finally meet."