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Soap Opera Writer Melissa Salmons Honored by Writers Guild

The Writers Guild of America East has selected soap opera specialist Melissa Salmons as the recipient of its Richard B. Jablow Award for service to the guild.

The award will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13. The award honors Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the WGAE, authored its constitution and served as its first counsel.

Salmons has won Daytime Emmy Awards for “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” She also has won Writers Guild Awards for those two series along with “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” and received another 11 WGA nominations.

She has served two terms on the WGA East’s council and has served on multiple committees, including the MBA negotiating committee, the elections committee and was co-chair of the future members committee. She is currently a trustee of the Writers’ Guild-Industry Health Fund and the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan.

“Melissa Salmons has been a staunch and highly active member of the Writers Guild, East, serving on our council, the 2007 MBA negotiating committee, and as a trustee of the Writers’ Guild-Industry Health Fund and the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan,” said WGA East President Michael Winship. “These roles – not to mention her skills as good friend, tireless organizer and thoughtful inciter of ideas and enthusiasm — exemplify everything the Jablow Award was created to honor.”

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