Knowles served as a correspondent for BET News, and covered the 2013 presidential inauguration. Previously, she was an sideline reporter for Fox Sports covering the Detroit Pistons. Knowles also anchored "Big 12 This Week" on ESPNU. During the last five years, Melissa could also be seen on the sidelines reporting on many college football, basketball and lacrosse games on the ESPN family of networks. Prior to joining HLN, she worked at Yahoo!, where she hosted "Trending Now," The Summer Olympic Games in London, and Super Bowl XLVII.
Knowles took an interest in journalism during her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University. She was a staff writer for The Daily Campus, a student-driven campus newspaper, and helped found the "The Daily Update", which airs on SMU-TV.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SMU at the Meadows School of the Arts in 2004.
Knowles is a die-hard sports fan, an avid reader, and a Dallas Cowboy's fan. She currently lives in Atlanta and enjoys cooking in her spare time, as well as yoga and Pilates.