Beloved for her outgoing and lively personality, Traci Melchor (@stayfabulous) has been an icon on the Toronto entertainment scene for more than a decade. Vibrant, witty and fab, this Pickering, Ont. native is a senior correspondent for Canada’s most-watched entertainment program, 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, Joan Rivers, 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.” Melchor has travelled to her native St. Lucia to interview The Jacksons – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon – and she has 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. She also covered both Michael Jackson’s public memorial service in Los Angeles and Joan Rivers’ funeral in New York City following their deaths. Melchor is also a resident judge in the Crave Original series’, CANADA’s DRAG RACE and CANADA’S DRAG RACE: CANADA VS. THE WORLD.
Before joining CTV’s ETALK as an entertainment reporter, Melchor covered high-profile events including the OSCARS® and Super Bowl. 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 was also part of the launch of CTV’s daytime talk series, THE SOCIAL, which she co-hosted for two and a half years. Now a senior correspondent for ETALK, Melchor also contributes regularly to CP24 BREAKFAST, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, CTV NEWS CHANNEL, and CHUM 104.5.
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. 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! (now E!). Melchor also hosted weekly F.Y.E. – FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT, celebrity profiler EXTREME CLOSE UP, and STYLE VIP. Melchor returned to Canada from Hollywood to host MuchMoreMusic, a move that kept her in the celebrity spotlight and plugged into multi-platinum superstars like INXS, Sheryl Crow, and Shakira. She 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.
A true renaissance woman, Melchor has received the Harry Jerome Award and the Champions of Mental Health award both in the media category, and supports various charitable organizations that support mental health including Kids Help Phone. Melchor has also walked the runway in support of various causes including the Dare To Wear Love fashion show in support of The Stephen Lewis Foundation and The Heart Truth Fashion Show at Toronto Fashion Week in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Off camera, the graduate of Seneca College’s Radio and Television Program spends most of her time with her twins Phoenix and Phoebe, and her two adopted cats Charles and Raven. Melchor loves balancing being a mom and covering the business. From the hair salon, to fashion shows and red carpets, to driving the twins to hockey, fencing, and cheerleading, Melchor’s days are hectic, but she wouldn't have it any other way.