Beloved for her outgoing and lively personality, Traci Melchor has been an icon on the Toronto entertainment scene for more than a decade. Vibrant and witty, this Pickering, Ontario native always puts a fresh spin on today’s hottest entertainment headlines, and she continues to speak her mind as co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL and Senior Correspondent for Canada’s #1 entertainment show ETALK.
Melchor has years of experience interviewing hundreds of stars, including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Jamie Foxx, Dolly Parton, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Janet Jackson. When she interviewed Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Oprah told Melchor her question made her “salivate.” She recently travelled to her native St. Lucia to interview The Jacksons - Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon - and she also travelled to seven countries in seven nights on a chartered jet as part of Rihanna’s “777” tour in support of the singer’s seventh album, Unapologetic. Melchor also covered Michael Jackson’s public memorial service live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, following the singer’s death in 2009, and Joan Rivers’ funeral in New York City in 2014.
Before joining CTV’s ETALK as an entertainment reporter in 2008, Melchor contributed to ETALK’s “T’N’T Report” with Tanya Kim, covering the OSCARS®, Super Bowl, and co-hosting one of the biggest events of 2007 – CTV’s coverage of LIVE EARTH from London’s Wembley Stadium. Delivering daily entertainment news hits on CP24, Melchor was named one of the National Post’s “Worthy 30” for her contribution to the television industry. Melchor also contributes regularly to CP24 BREAKFAST, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, CTV News Channel, and 104.5 CHUM FM Toronto.
Melchor kicked off her career as host of the legendary RAPCITY on MuchMusic, followed by a move to Citytv Toronto as the station’s entertainment specialist. From 2000-2005, Melchor thrived in L.A.’s celebrity scene, guest-starring on hit series CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION and LIZZIE MCGUIRE, and reporting from countless red carpets as the Hollywood correspondent for Star!. Melchor also hosted weekly F.Y.E. – FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT, celebrity profiler EXTREME CLOSE UP, and STYLE VIP. Melchor returned to Canada from Hollywood in 2005 to host MuchMoreMusic, a move that kept her in the celebrity spotlight and plugged into multi-platinum superstars like INXS, Sheryl Crow, and Shakira. Melchor also spoke one-on-one with multi-award-winning music icon Madonna in New York for the specialty station’s primetime TV special, MADONNA: CONFESSIONS. A seasoned writer, Melchor has contributed entertainment stories to magazines such as Elle, Essence, and The Source.
Off camera, the graduate of Seneca College’s Radio and Television Program spends most of her time with her twins Phoenix and Phoebe. Melchor loves balancing being a mom and covering the business. From the hair salon, to fashion shows, to reading the latest children’s book, and driving the twins to hockey, fencing, and cheerleading, Melchor’s days are hectic but she wouldn't have it any other way.
A true renaissance woman, Melchor supports various charitable organizations and events including Power of Movement (Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser) benefitting arthritis and related autoimmune diseases, Hospital for Sick Children, Wear White 4 Women, and Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario. During L’Oréal Fashion Week in 2009, Melchor walked in the closing night show, Dare To Wear Love, in support of The Stephen Lewis Foundation. Melchor also walked the runway at The Heart Truth Fashion Show on March 21, 2013 at Toronto Fashion Week in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She returned as a model for the most recent Dare To Wear Love show on March 28, 2014, wearing a dress designed by Damzels In This Dress.