Frederick Melo

Frederick Melo


St. Paul Pioneer Press




Intrepid reporter Melo seems to be everywhere in St. Paul. He covers City Hall, urban life, a good chunk of real estate development, and kicks in the occasional arts story. “I write a lot,” says Frederick Melo, who figures he’s doing about 30 stories a month. To an outside observer, that feels low. Melo’s reporting is essential for tracking political and neighborhood news in the Capital City. Born in New York, he grew up in Boston and joined the Pioneer Press in 2005. “Someone said to me in a critical way, ‘You get really excited about new things,’” says Melo. “And I said, ‘Yeah. That’s the job, man.’ I am an excitable person … I didn’t grow up here.’”