About Mike @mike_melia
Mike Melia is senior broadcast producer for the PBS NewsHour.
Mike’s Recent Stories
Nation Jun 04‘Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie’ follows filmmakers with Down syndrome
As teenagers with Down syndrome, Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt used Kickstarter to fund their dream of creating a zombie movie. Their latest work,"Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie" takes a look at that journey. NewsHour's Mike Melia spoke…
Arts Mar 12Unraveling the mystery of a pioneering American painter’s missing work
Imagine discovering that a painting on your wall is a long, lost masterpiece. In two recent cases, the story centers on Jacob Lawrence, a pioneering American modernist painter. Lydia Gordon, of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is our…
Arts Jan 27Remembrance: Jim Lehrer was a mentor until the end
We often refer to the "NewsHour family." Jim was our founding father.
Nation Nov 15Introducing ‘Let’s Fix It’ – how to clean up after a flood
We propose a problem every week. You share your solutions. Together we might do some good.
Nation Nov 14Gwen Ifill’s mentor on remembering Gwen
"Even at her young age, she was an institution,” Tolliver said. “It was as though she would always be around.”…
Nation Nov 18Column: The cosmic power of Gwen Ifill
Mark Twain had his Halley’s Comet. We say Shakespeare died on his birthday. On the last day of Gwen Ifill's life, a full moon drew closer to Earth.
Arts Jul 15Column: The epic teen zombie movie that started with a simple wish
Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, who both have Down syndrome, first met in grade school in the Special Olympics. About five years ago, they had their idea for a zombie movie. Along the way, their contagious energy drew in family,…
Nation Mar 22‘Rosies’ given hero’s welcome in their first honor flight to D.C.
About 30 World War II "Rosie the Riveters" were greeted with a hero's welcome at Reagan National Airport. The women who helped America win the war more than 70 years ago were part of the honor flight program that, since…
Arts Aug 27How this NewsHour reporter became a zombie
It's rare to witness someone's dreams come true, even if they are the stuff of nightmares.
Health Jun 30Why I wake up at 5 a.m. to golf alone
Golfing alone allows my mind to go fallow for a few hours. It offers me the space to think through conflicts at work or home. It helps me recharge emotionally.