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Melissa Goh

Correspondent, Malaysia

@MelGohCNA

Melissa Goh began her career in journalism as a broadcast journalist and newscaster with Malaysia's first privatised TV network, TV3, in 1996.

She hosted TV3's popular weekly business and financial programme "Money Matters" from 1997-1998, which tackled the Asian financial crisis and political fallouts following the Thai Baht meltdown.

Melissa subsequently joined the Television Corporation of Singapore in 1999 as a business presenter before moving to Channel NewsAsia as a news producer. She is now Senior Correspondent for Channel NewsAsia’s Malaysia Bureau.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Melissa has covered major events including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the Organisation of Islamic Conference and Non-Aligned Movement meetings.

More recently, she reported on the leadership transition from Asia's longest-serving leader, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to Mr. Abdullah Badawi in 2003, the country's general election in 2004 and the Asian Tsunami disaster. She has held exclusive interviews with both Dr. Mahathir and his successor Mr. Abdullah.

Melissa is a law graduate from the University of Leicester in Britain. She is also trained in ballet and piano, and is active in the Malaysian arts scene. She took on a singing and acting role as the Chinese Empress in the highly acclaimed full-length musical "Puteri Hang Li Po", produced by Istana Budaya and sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism in 2004.

Her weekends are spent catching up on her favourite pastimes: reading, horseback riding, playing the piano and swimming.