Melanie Zettler is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of television news experience. She is a versatile storyteller who covers daily news, politics, pop culture, lifestyle, the arts and feature profiles.
A fan of the concept “go big or go home,” her first-ever on-camera story for Global’s “Kidsbeat” in the late 1990s had her parachute out of a plane from several thousand feet (her idea). Since then, most of her stories have been land-based. Whether she is in front of the camera or producing behind the scenes, Melanie looks to engage viewers by showcasing interesting storylines, strong visuals and human emotion.
Melanie thrives on the art of creative, visual storytelling. As a proud Torontonian (born and raised), she has celebrated her city and home province through signature series segments including “Our Town” and “YYZ Why?” — both focused on exploring the surroundings and history of urban and rural places.
As lead producer on Global Toronto’s provincial and federal election “road shows,” she tackles main election themes by telling stories that explain how big issues impact everyday people. Her work on municipal-level stories – like her three-part series on Toronto’s recycling problems, helps to shine a light on current challenges while offering solutions.
When Melanie isn’t interviewing people for work, she can’t help asking questions, searching for answers and getting to know people in her spare time — often in the presence of her husband and their three children.
After a recent Global News story highlighted a retail practice of sending unsold store merchandise to landfills, former retail store managers have come forward to say it was part of their job to regularly destroy and dump unsold items. Continue reading →
“Our policy is to dispose of damaged or unusable product to prevent any potential harm to our customers.” Continue reading →
At the end of December, Governor General Julie Payette announced Anne Innis Dagg will be appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the modern scientific understanding of the giraffe. Continue reading →
“A lot of contemporary Indigenous artists are reacclimating their cultures through their artistic practices.” Continue reading →
As a child, Odjig studied Fancy Dance but when she was around sixteen years old, her uncle, Gordie Odjig offered to teach her hoop dance. Continue reading →
“I was already following in her footsteps and they thought it was best that they give the title to me because I’m carrying on her work,” said Peltier. Continue reading →
For the first time ever, children and adults can jump into the pages of their favourite Dr. Seuss books at a new travelling exhibit. Continue reading →
The village’s shift to going carbon-neutral came about in 2007. Continue reading →
“I feel lucky to have been there.” Continue reading →
Toronto’s Graffiti Alley has become a must-see stop for tourists and a popular place for photo shoots and selfies but it wasn’t always a celebrated landmark. Continue reading →
Guild Park and Gardens could be considered a tucked away jewel of art, architecture and nature. Continue reading →
The program hopes to promote an equal playing field in the world of gaming while encouraging collaboration, creativity, citizenship and communication. Continue reading →
Located at the most eastern side of Queen Street, the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is one of Toronto’s most intriguing and impressive structures. Melanie Zettler takes a tour inside to understand why such an ornate plant was built for treating water. Continue reading →
Toronto historian Bruce Bell said you don’t have to be of Irish descent to appreciate the memorial and relate to the story. Continue reading →
The unique stretch along Lake Shore Boulevard East, from Leslie Street to just before the DVP East, has become a popular breeze through for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians while preserving a small piece of Toronto history. Continue reading →