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Melissa McDermott is the daughter of Country Music Disc Jockey's Hall of Fame member and longtime Wichita, Kansas media personality "Ol' Mike" Oatman. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. degree in broadcast news from the William Allen White School of Journalism and received her master's degree in Psychology from Pace University in New York. She worked as the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor at KAYS-TV (now KBSH) in Hays, Kansas.
From 2000 through March, 2006, Melissa McDermott anchored CBS's overnight newscast, Up to the Minute.
McDermott now lives in the New York City area and is working on a number of documentaries. She has two children. Melissa worked as a clinician at St Christopher.inc in Dobbs Ferry NY, and helping at-risk youth and their families prepare for their lives ahead.
Melissa McDermott has covered presidential campaigns, the Oklahoma City bombing, and other events. She has received many awards; including a national and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, the SPJ Dateline Award, three Heartland Emmy Awards, an Ohio State Award, a National AP Award, a National Iris Award, and an Emmy Award.
He is survived by his wife, Pegi of Wichita; three children, all in the broadcast business: Daughter Melissa (Beck) McDermott, New York City; Andy Oatman, Tulsa; and Richard Oatman, Kansas City; and seven grandchildren.