Melony Roy is News & Digital Director at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public media service on radio, TV, and web. She is responsible for managing daily news operations and major projects across all platforms at the station and facilitates journalism content partnerships with outside organizations.
Roy joined WHYY in 2020 as Director of Digital News. Under her leadership, online audience growth doubled, and the digital news team won several awards, including the 2020 Keystone Award for Best Digital Presence and an RTNDA Murrow Award for Election 2020 Explainers.
Prior to joining WHYY, Roy was Digital Director at KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia. Her pioneering work in digital media includes the creation and growth of social media platforms for the CBS-owned station and No. 1 among all news stations in the country.
She previously worked as an on-air reporter, covering tech trends and the growing influence of social and digital media in everyday personal and work life, and covered major events such as SXSW and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Roy was selected as a participant in the prestigious AAJA Executive Leadership Program at ABC News in New York. She currently serves as an Executive Advisor mentor for the Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative.
She is active in the Philadelphia community. During her tenure as president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Roy prioritized the recruitment and mentoring of journalists of color in Philadelphia newsrooms. She has been recognized by The Philadelphia Tribune as one of the city’s Most Influential African American Leaders.