Speakers Profile - Melissa Downes

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Melissa Downes joined Channel Nine Queensland in December 2001.

In addition to her role as a reporter, Downes hosts local programs Saturday Extra and Gold Coast Weekend.

During her time at Channel Nine, Downes has reported and filled in as host for the top-rating local afternoon program Extra and has presented south-east Queensland's most watched news bulletin.

Prior to joining Nine, Downes was a reporter and back-up presenter for Seven News and also contributed stories to the Great South East program.

She began working in television in 1994 in Brisbane before moving to the Gold Coast four years later to present Seven's Gold Coast News, a role she had for two years.

Downes has also hosted numerous events from small charity events and functions to the internationally televised Concourse D'Elegance and the RAQ Australian Design Awards, an event she hosted for four consecutive years.

Born and raised in Brisbane, Downes graduated from Somerville House in 1988. Moving to Sydney, Downes modelled full-time for two years before returning to Brisbane to complete an Arts Journalism degree from the University of Queensland.