Who is Craig Melvin?

Craig Delano Melvin was born in Columbia, South Carolina USA, on 20 May 1979 – his zodiac sign is Taurus, and he holds American nationality. He’s a broadcast journalist and anchor, while he’s probably known best for the work which he has done for the TV networks MSNBC and NBC News.

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Early life and education

Craig was raised in Columbia alongside his younger brother Ryan Melvin, by their father Lawrence Melvin and their mother Betty; not a lot is known about Craig’s family, as he respects their privacy, but it’s said that his father was an insurance salesman, and that his mother was a housewife. Craig’s older half-brother Reverend Lawrence Meadows passed away on 9 December 2020, having lost his battle against colon cancer aged 43.

Craig attended a local high school in Columbia, and was interested in numerous activities during his four years there, including playing a couple of sports, practicing acting and contributing to the school newspaper. He was amongst the top five students there, and in 1996 became the first African-American president of Key Club International, the international service organization for high school students.

Upon matriculating in 1997, Craig enrolled at Wofford College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 2001.

Career as a journalist

Craig launched his career while still attending high school, as he joined the NBC-affiliated TV station WIS in 1995, and he stayed with them for the following two years.

Upon graduation, he returned to WIS as their producer and news photographer, while he was soon promoted to reporting for their morning news show. After two years, Craig began anchoring their weekend morning and evening newscasts, and eventually began anchoring their weekday newscasts. The station liked the ideas which Craig had, and they allowed him to create several series which covered the issues of the homeless and education in Columbia.

He quit WIS in July 2008, after having been invited to join NBC’s station WRC in Washington, D.C., and served as their weekend evening newscasts anchor.

Craig left WRC in July 2011 and joined MSNBC, becoming their daytime anchor while occasionally reporting for NBC News. He covered various important stories in the following years, including the Sandy Hook shooting on 14 December 2012, the Moore tornado on 20 May 2013 and the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on 6 July 2013.

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In 2016, Craig became the anchor of “MSNBC Reports”, formerly “MSNBC Live”.

He began anchoring the weekend news show “Today” in September 2018, and was the one to choose the people who would host the show “Today Third Hour”.

Just recently, in March 2022, Craig revealed that he would no longer be hosting “MSNBC Reports”, so that he could focus on “Today”.

Awards and accolades

Craig became one of the youngest recipients of the Associated Press Award in 1996, for his coverage of innovative teaching.

In 2003 and 2005, his TV station WIS (thus including him) won two Emmy Awards for Best Newscast, and Craig won an individual Emmy Award in 2006, and the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Association named him Best Anchor in 2007.

Love life and marriage with Lindsay Czarniak

Craig prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but it’s still widely known that he’s today a married man. He exchanged vows with the American sports anchor and reporter Lindsay Ann Czarniak on 15 October 2011, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members. The two initially chose to focus on their careers rather than to have children, but welcomed their son Delano ‘Del’ in March 2014, and their daughter Sybil ‘Sibby’ followed in November 2016.

Craig hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he has perhaps been with, so as of March 2022, he’s married to Lindsay Ann Czarniak, and they have two children together.

Hobbies and other interests

Craig is quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his more than 300,000 followers. He has uploaded over 1,000 pictures onto the network, most of these taken during his work.

He’s into travelling, and has been all around the US, mostly to cover various stories, while Craig has also vacationed in a couple of European countries; his dream travel destination is Miami, Florida.

Craig’s physically quite active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week, while he also occasionally plays tennis and golf with his friends and colleagues.

He likes to watch movies in his spare time, and his favorite actor and actress are Will Smith and Julia Roberts, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Independence Day”, “I, Robot” and “The Runaway Bride”.

Age, height and net worth

Craig’s age is 42. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and he weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

As of March 2022, his net worth stands at more than $9 million, while his wife Lindsay’s net worth has been estimated at more than $9 million as well.

Who is his wife Lindsay Czarniak?

Lindsay was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA on 7 November 1977 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio, and she holds American nationality. She’s a reporter and sports anchor, who’s probably known best for the work which she has done for Fox Sports, especially for being a sideline reporter for National Football League (NFL) and studio host for NASCAR racing.

Lindsay spent the first five years of her life in Harrisburg, and the family then moved to Northern Virginia; her mother Terri was a principal at Rose Hill Elementary School, while her father Chet Czarniak was a sports journalist. Lindsay grew up being interested in sports, and played field hockey and lacrosse for her Centreville High School teams. Upon matriculating in 1995, she enrolled at James Madison University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in online journalism.

She was still attending college when she began her internship at WUSA in Washington, D.C., and upon graduation, Lindsay began working at CNN as a production assistant. She worked as a news reporter for the first time for WAWS (Jacksonville, Florida), while she then went on to work for WTEV-TV and WTVJ.

Lindsay joined WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. in June 2005, and then became the co-host of the sports show “The George Michael Sports Machine” in September 2006.

She quit WRC on 23 June 2011 to join ESPN, and became the co-host of their show “SportsCenter” in December 2012. Her contract wasn’t renewed after it had expired in August 2017, and Lindsay was then hired by Joe Gibbs Racing as their digital content producer.

In August 2019, she began hosting the reality competition show “Hyperdrive”, and since 5 February 2019, Lindsay has been working at Fox Sports.

One can say that Lindsay’s also a bit of an actress, having appeared in the 2000 action movie “Aquarius”, and the 2009 indie movie “Ghosts Don’t Exist”.

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