Melissa Crabtree

Melissa Crabtree
Melissa Crabtree


Melissa Crabtree is the Jasper bureau reporter, covering both Walker and Cullman County.

Melissa has more than a decade of experience reporting and has worked throughout her home state of Illinois. Before joining CBS42 in April of 2011, she also worked as a general assignment reporter at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. Melissa worked for three years as the Illinois bureau reporter for WPSD-TV in Paducah, Kentucky and five years working as the weekend anchor/producer at WSIL-TV in Carterville, Illinois. She also worked as the Bloomington-Normal bureau reporter for WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois. She started her career as the morning and noon anchor/producer and education reporter at KHQA in Quincy, Illinois. Melissa also interned at CNN in Chicago.

Melissa is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she received her bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television with a minor in English.

When Melissa isn’t working she loves to spend time with friends and family. She loves animals, especially her dog Muffin! She is also a board member of the Walker County Humane Society and the Chamber of Commerce. If you have a story you’d like Melissa to report on, send her an email at