ISBN: 978-1-936332-69-4
eBook: 978-1-936332-70-0
6 x 9, 165 pages, $16.95
BISACS: SEL013000; SEL018000; BIO005000

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Spring, 2014

Changing Your Demeanor . . . Can Change Your Life

Today the host of ORA TV’s Newsbreaker, and now calling Larry King her boss, Melissa McCarty worked her way up through the trenches of live television news. But she was also running away from her past, one of growing up in the roughest of neighborhoods, watching so many she knew—including her brother—succumb to drugs, gangs, and violence. It was a past that forced her to be tough and streetwise, traits that in her career as a popular television newscaster, would end up working against her.

Every tragic story she covered was a grim reminder of where she’d been. But the practiced and restrained emotion given to the camera became her protective armor even in her private life where she was unable to let her guard down—a demeanor that damaged both her personal and professional relationships. In News Girls Don’t Cry, McCarty confronts the memory-demons of her past, exploring how they hardened her—and how she turned it all around.

An inspiring story of overcoming adversity, welcoming second chances, and becoming happy and authentic.


Melissa McCarty is a seasoned television news reporter and anchor. She has appeared as an actress in several television shows such as NBC’s Chuck, Lie To Me on FOX, Big Love on HBO, and films such as In Sight and Coldwater Canyon. Jimmy Kimmel has incorporated Melissa into four of his skits and she’s been featured in a handful of men’s and fashion magazines.

Currently Melissa is a host and anchor for Newsbreaker, a division of ORA TV, an online TV network created by the legend Larry King and Carlos Slim.

Melissa lectures routinely to women's groups, and to journalism students at universities and speaks to “at risk” teens for community organizations.


“A battle between personal success and private anguish, a captivating brave tale of a woman’s drive to succed and her tireless struggle to keep her family intact. The reader is pulled into Melissa’s story… an honest account of the common battle of addiction.” —Susan Hendricks, CNN Headline News Anchor

“A beautifully crafted and gut-wrenching tale of a young woman’s unfailing love for a brother who repeatedly pulled her into his own private hell. Hard to read; harder yet to put down.” —Jack Sheehan, Author of Skin City; Class of 47; and, Buried Lies

“Finally a story from a true story teller. Melissa McCarty opens her heart and door to her storied past and allows readers an intimate look at her family and life off-camera.” —Christina Brown, Producer, Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Former MSNBC Anchor

"News Girls Don't Cry is a remarkable saga. Open this book thinking ‘Oh, those newsgirls are all just Suzy Creamcheese: ex-cheerleaders who smile and read a teleprompter.’ Do that, and be transformed by a harrowing journey of survival and triumph. I could not put it down or look away." —James Dalessandro, Author of 1906 and, Citizen Jane

“Melissa McCarty is the underdog you root for through her brutally candid storytelling. An inspiring memoir that touches addiction, mental illness and her journey finding true love.” —Sarah Mutch, Guess Model and Actress

"It's rare to get an inside look at the thoughts and emotions of someone in the line of work that Melissa is in. To see and feel that she is a human being, not just some (although beautiful and sexy) robotic teleprompter reader but one with struggles and victories within her life not seen or understood by the general public is something she shares brilliantly in her book. I'm honored to have read it." —Rob Patterson, Rock Guitarist

“A truly inspiring story of love and devotion in overcoming all the odds to reach success in the rough and tumble world of television journalism.” — Jules Haimovitz, Media Executive

It's all there on the front cover: Author Melissa McCarty, an attractive news anchor with flowing, dirty blonde tresses, stares stone-faced in a low-cut top framed by the title, News Girls Don’t Cry. Her look is truth in advertising – what follows inside isn’t for the sentimental, despite outward appearances. Even the endorsement blurbs from the likes of CNN and MSNBC anchors and popular authors are flecked with telling words like “anguish,” “gut-wrenching,” “harrowing” and “inspiring.” The choices of phrasing turn out to be dead-on. McCarty, whose book is... — click here to read more