Melissa Stark

Melissa Stark  is an American TV reported and sports journalist. She worked for NBC and now works for NFL network.

Early Years

Melissa Stark was born in November 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland, where she finished primary school and high school. She went to college on the University of Virginia where she got a degree in Spanish and Foreign Affairs. During the college, she was member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Professional Career

Her first TV appearance was in 1991 on the WMAR TV in Baltimore, where she worked behind the desk as an intern for news. After two years in this role, she moved to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, where she also worked as a news intern but also wrote scripts and collected information on news stories for health journalist doctor Bob Arnot.

In the period from 1994 to 1995, she worked as a reporter and assistant in production for the University of Virginia's Coach's TV show that was aired around the Virginia.

In 1996 Melissa joined ESPN in a role of host of Scholastic Sports America that aired weekly. She traveled over USA and visited high schools and colleges to cover different interesting stories. Along the way, she also worked for ESPN's Sports center, contributing regularly for Sunday NFL Countdown and Outside the Lines, show that won Emmy Award. While working for the Sports center, in a period from 1996 to 2003, she was onsite reporter for World Series, NBA Finals, Final Four, Stanley Cup Finals. She also prepared great stories about National Hockey leagues, Major League Baseball, NCAA basketball and golf.

In 2000, Melissa also joined ABC Sports and reported for three seasons for their Monday Night Football show. She also reported from Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, NFL Pro Bowl, prepared reports from figure skating competitions and golf competitions.

Along with her career in sports reporting, Melissa has also appeared as a host in TV show The View. She also co-hosted pilot show of ABC's The Runner, reality TV show developed by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Melissa joined NBC News in summer 2003, to be the show's national correspondent for The Today Show and also as an anchor for MSNBC Live. She covered Triple Crown in 2004 and similar important horse racing events, as well as 2009 Super Bowl.

Melissa has covered three Olympic Games for NBC Sports: 2004 Summer Olympics (swimming and diving coverage), 2006 Winter Olympics (speed skating coverage) and 2008 Summer Olympics.

In 2012, Melissa started cooperating with the NFL Network, primarily for their shows Around the League Live, NFL Total Access, First on the Field and GameDay Kickoff.

Private life

Melissa is married to Mike Lilley and has four children with him. They live in Rumson, New Jersey. They also have vacation home in Sea Bright, New Jersey. Her husband worked as a Wall Street broker and then founded the Better Education for Kids Inc., organization that wants to reform educational system in USA. Melissa is happy balancing her busy work schedule and active family life.


  • 1971


    He was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

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