Welcome to my website. My name is Mellaney Moore (formerly Mellaney Peper). I am a multimedia journalist/reporter at CBS 2 and FOX 28 in Iowa City, Iowa!
April marked my 14th year working to turn my dream of being a reporter into a reality. I started hosting pretend television interviews with my friends when I was a child growing up in Faribault, Minnesota. I had my first job in 2001 at 10 years old when my father started working with the local station, Faribault Community Television. My first interview aired. By age 12, my father and I created “Mellaney’s World,” and traveled to gather stories of interesting Minnesotans of all career paths and walks of life as well as having them as in-studio guests to our basement studio. Mellaney’s World educated young people about others in the state and community with a theme of “What do you do?” and “Do you like it?” Some of my favorite Mellaney’s World guests include NHL Veteran J.P. Parise, Senator Dick Day, Whitesnake Guitarist Doug Aldrich and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, though all Mellaney’s World guests were interesting, informative and fun. Mellaney’s World caught the attention of KARE-11’s “Whatever” show in 2004 and was also featured on WCCO-4’s “Out ‘N’ About with R.J. Fritz” a few years later.
Growing up I had been a reporter, anchor, photographer, writer, editor and producer of FCTV programs. By that time our best estimate was about 3,000 interviews combining Mellaney’s World, FCTV community coverage and news stories, but we honestly lost count. After graduating from Shattuck-St. Mary’s as the top-ranked student and Spanish-prize winner, I decided to attend the University of St. Thomas. My freshman year I was contacted by the producer of WCCO-TV’s “Life to the Max with Mike Max.” The show was looking for a young reporter and I generated story ideas and hosted several segments of the show for a few years.
After completing my reporting and production classes at St. Thomas and a summer job working on air at two local radio stations to learn about voice and live presence, I had the opportunity in my senior year to be a year-long intern at KARE-11 News in Minneapolis. I learned quickly that an internship at KARE would amount to the effort I put into it. At KARE I attended daily news meetings, pitched story ideas, assisted on stories, shot video, logged video, wrote anchor script, edited video and performed many other tasks. I also had the chance to record several of my own pieces, edit video packages and anchor for my reel. I was fortunate to extend my internship to two semesters. It was a truly amazing and inspiring experience.
I moved to Fargo, ND to work at Valley News Live KVLY/KXJB-TV in October 2013. Within a few weeks of working, I had my first story go viral. New opportunities brought me to the Cedar Rapids, IA market in November 2014 to work as a bureau reporter in Iowa City. Long term, I hope to make a career out of reporting and anchoring. J.P. Parise told me in an interview that if “you find a job you like, you never have to work a day in your life.” I can’t think of a better job, service and privilege than to share the stories of others.