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Melissa Townsend

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I love a deadline driven work full of quick decisions that require content knowledge, elegant storytelling and emotional intelligence.
Member since 2007


  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Minneapolis, MN

Contact Melissa

  • Business
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Voice

About Melissa

Melissa Townsend is Senior Producer of Minnesota Now, a daily news magazine show airing live weekdays on Minnesota Public Radio. She's been a reporter and audio producer in public media and tribal and community radio stations across Minnesota. Townsend has produced work for American Public Media, Chicago Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio and the AMPERS network.  Townsend began her journalism career in Chicago with Third Coast Festival. She went on to work as a reporter in the newsroom at WBEZ/Chicago Public Media.  She was a producer on the station’s award-winning series Chicago Matters. Townsend has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Urban Planning. Before her radio career, Townsend was a junior high school teacher and a community organizer. In her free time, she loves being outdoors.



  • Mixing
  • Voice Coaching
  • Tape Syncs
  • Story Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Social Media
  • Show Development
  • Scrubbing and Audio Editing
  • Research
  • Reporting
  • Producing
  • Mentoring
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Interviewing
  • Field Recording
  • Field Producing
  • Booking


  • Marantz 660, Beyer Dynamic mic, Autio Technica shotgun mic w/pistol grip
  • Pro Tools, Hindenburg and Dalet
  • Recording Studio