Melisa Idris
Anchor & Editor, Astro Awani
Melisa is a journalist with 15 years experience on various media platforms - newswire, print, online, radio and television. She is currently Assistant Vice President and Editor at Astro Awani, Malaysia’s Premier 24-hour news and current affairs channel. Prior to her foray into television, she honed her broadcast skills in radio as the Executive Producer and Anchor of the morning drive-time show for BFM89.9, Malaysia’s only independent radio station. In her broadcast career, she interviewed senior policymakers, corporate leaders and international newsmakers, including Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, Theoretical physicist Professor Michio Kaku, Environmental activist Dr David Suzuki, and Malaysia’s first woman Deputy Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. She holds a Master in Journalism from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and an Economics, Public Administration & Politics graduate from University Malaya. In 2017, she was chosen to participate in one of the most prestigious fellowships in journalism, the Wolfson Press Fellowship at the University of Cambridge in the UK. There she spent an academic term as a Press Fellow, researching Post-Truth and the spread of ‘fake news’ and disinformation. Speaking on "Economic Directions and Headwinds - Pride and Prejudice".