Starting a career as an intern at WMAR-TV, she later interned for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in 1993 and next year. During her last months in CBS, she wrote scripts and collected backdrop information for former medical correspondent Dr. Bob Arnot.
- 1991: Began her career at WMAR-TV as an intern
- (1996-2003): Reported for ESPN’s SportsCenter
- (2000-2003): Worked with ABC Sports
- (2003-2006): Served for NBC News and Sports
- 2006: Started as a reporter for NFL Network
Later, she joined Virginia Sports Marketing for serving a position of production assistant and reporter in Charlottesville from 1994 to 1995. She worked for Coach’s TV Show of the University of Virginia that used to broadcast in all main markets of the state.
Stark signed with ESPN in 1996 as an anchor for a weekly show, Scholastic Sports America. During that phase, she visited school and college over the United States to cover sports concentrating on human interest and prominent events. She also reported for SportsCenter as a regular contributor for Sunday NFL Countdown and Outside the Lines. Apart from that, she also worked as an on-site anchor for SportsCenter’s NBA Finals, World Series, Final Four and Stanley Cup Finals.
In mid-2000, Stark joined ABC Sports as a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football for three years. While at ABC, she reported several important events including Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, figure skating, the NFL Pro Bowl.
Stark was caught by guards in Mexico in 2001 when she was about to enter the stadium for covering NFL game. Later, the charges were dropped after the guard came to know the reality. She also guests anchored The View and co-hosted reality show The Runner created by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Joining the NBC News in July 2003, Stark served as National Correspondent for The Today Show and hosted MSNBC Live. Following year, she started reporting for Triple Crown on NBC Sports.
She did reporting for New Year Eve on NBC in 2005. She departed from MSNBC Live and The Today Show in the fall of 2006. She anchored Summer Olympics 2008 for MSNBC which was her third Olympics Games for NBC Sports. Prior to that, she covered Winter and Summer Olympics of 2004 and 2006 correspondingly.
Recently, Melissa Stark is working as an anchor of GameDay First with Shaun O’Hara on NFL Network. Furthermore, she also anchors SUPERBOWL, NFLN’s Kick-off show and NFL DRAFT and more.
She is also correspondent for HBO’s The Fight Game with Jim Lampley. Previously, she co-anchored 2012 GEOGRAPHY BEE for National Geographic.