A Look at Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak's Love Story

From colleagues to parents of two, here's their love story.
Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak's Love Story
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Updated Mar 15, 2024

Craig Melvin, a broadcast journalist known for his work on NBC News and MSNBC, joined the Today show in 2018. He's covered a wide range of topics including politics, news and human interest stories. Craig Melvin's wife, Lindsay Czarniak, also works in media; if you're an NFL fan, you'll recognize her from her sideline reporting on Fox Sports.

The couple first met in 2008 when they worked together at WRC-TV in Washington, DC. They were colleagues and friends at first, but eventually began dating. They tied the knot in 2011 and now have two children together: a son Delano (10) and daughter Sybil (7). When the couple aren't traveling for work, they're at their home in Connecticut.

In a story from People, Czarniac said that the dynamic between her and her husband is "similar to probably what a lot of other couples have," and that they're able to relate to one another professionally, too.

"We make it work and it's been very, very helpful to have someone who understands crazy hours and all that kind of thing," she said.

So, from their initial meeting through their evolution from colleagues to parents, here's what we know about Craig Melvin's wife and his relationship with her over the years.

  • Craig Melvin is still married to Lindsay Czarniak. They have been together since 2008.
  • Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak met at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.
  • Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak got married on October 15, 2011 in Washington, DC.
  • Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak share two children together: Delano and Sybil.

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Who is Craig Melvin's Wife? All About Lindsay Czarniak

Lindsay Czarniak and her dog
Photo: @lindsaycz / Instagram

Craig Melvin's wife is an American sports anchor and reporter. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from James Madison University with a major in online journalism.

She got her foot in the door as a student when she became an intern for WUSA (channel 9) in Washington, DC. Her broadcasting career began as a CNN production assistant, but she had her first on-air role while working for WAWS in Jacksonville, Florida.

In her first major assignment as a reporter, Czarniak traveled to Turin, Italy to cover the 2006 Winter Olympics for NBC Sports. Czarniak also served as a reporter for NBC Sports' coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

After spending six years with WRC-TV (where she met Melvin), Czarniak joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor. She left ESPN in 2017 and now works for Fox Sports as a sideline reporter for NFL games.

Fun facts about Craig Melvin's wife, Lindsay Czarniak:

  • Lindsay Czarniak has acted in several films, including Aquarius and Ghosts Don't Exist.
  • She loves movies, especially scary ones (as she notes in her IG bio).
  • Her father, Chet Czarniak, also worked in sports journalism.
  • She is a minority interest owner in a thoroughbred racehorse.

How Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak Met

How Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak met
Photo: @westportlifestyle and @craigmelvinnbc / Instagram

According to The Washington Post, the Today show anchor first met his wife while the cameras were rolling.

"Well, look who's back from China," he said to Czarniak when introducing her sports segment on air for WRC-TV. "Oh, hello, Craig Melvin," she responded. "I've never met you before. Good to meet you!"

While the pair were only colleagues and friends at first, Melvin eventually initiated their courtship. Czarniak was reluctant to become romantically involved with a colleague, but she agreed to meet him outside of their professional realm.

"I think for a long time the work factor was more of an issue for me than it should have been because A., I didn't realize what the possibility [of the relationship] was, and B., I had not been in that position before," Czarniak said. "I didn't want to screw anything up."

"That night when we met, there was something that clicked. And it wasn't necessarily that I knew, 'I have to be with this guy.' But it was like, 'I don't want to be with anyone else that I'd hung out with,'" she recalled. "It felt like being with the person that really gets you and that you've known for a really, really long time."

Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak's Relationship Timeline

Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak at the holidays
Photo: @lindsaycz / Instagram

2008: Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak first Meet

Melvin met his wife when they worked together at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.

October 2009: Craig Melvin asks Lindsay Czarniak on a Date

According to The Washington Post, Melvin asked Czarniak to go on a date in October 2009. She agreed, and the pair had dinner at Cafe Atlantico. "He looked like Cliff Huxtable," Czarniak recalled, referring to the outfit Melvin wore.

They kept their relationship a secret from colleagues for months, but eventually told people once they realized things were getting serious.

March 2011: Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak get Engaged

Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak get Engaged
Photo: @lindsaycz / Instagram

Melvin popped the question to Czarniak during a trip to Miami, Florida, in March 2011. According to The Washington Post, Melvin chartered a late-afternoon sailboat.

The couple kept it quiet for a while, but eventually news started to spread.

"No, this is not an April Fool's stunt," Czarniak said in an NBC report that came out April 1, 2011. "We are, in fact, getting hitched -- and we're stoked!"

October 2011: Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak Tie the Knot

Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak share their first dance on their wedding day
Photo: @lindsaycz / Instagram

According to People, Melvin and Czarniak were married at the Church of the Holy City in Washington, DC.

After the ceremony, they went to the Hay-Adams Hotel for their reception, where they celebrated with roughly 200 guests.

March 2014: Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak Welcome their First Child

Czarniak and Melvin welcomed their son Delano in March 2014.

November 2016: Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak Welcome a Second Child

In November 2016, Melvin and Czarniak welcomed a daughter, Cybil.

February 2023: Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak take their Kids to the 2023 Super Bowl

The family traveled together to Glendale, Arizona where they watched Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl.

October 2023: Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak Celebrate their 12th Wedding Anniversary

Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin Celebrate their 12th Wedding Anniversary
Photo: @lindsaycz / Instagram

On October 15, 2023, Melvin and Czarniak celebrated 12 years of marriage together. Czarniak took to Instagram with a sweet post dedicated to their anniversary.

"12 years ago today. Fitting that on this day @craigmelvinnbc and I are playing each other in our family fantasy football league," she wrote in the caption. "My win probability may not be in my favor for the matchup in fantasy today but I'd say I won in the real life category of finding the right person to spend your life with. Love you, Melvin. Happy anniversary. Cheers to many more. And I still hope I win today :)"

November 2023: Craig Melvin Announces the Release of his Children's Book

Craig Melvin's Children's Book I'm Proud of You
Photo: @craigmelvinnbc and @harperkids / Instagram

In November 2023, Melvin announced that his children's book, I'm Proud Of You, will be released on May 7, 2024. He posted a photo of his book's cover to Instagram, along with a caption that highlights how much he loves being a dad.

"I have many passions in life, but what I'm most passionate about is being a father," he wrote. "I'm Proud Of You is a celebration of the small things in life, and a book for anybody who has experienced the joys and wonders of parenthood and wants their children to know how amazing and inspiring they are."

Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak's Wedding

On October 15, 2011, Melvin and Czarniak tied the knot at the Holy City Church in Washington, DC. According to The Washington Post, many of the couple's former colleagues, including Jim Vance, Doreen Gentzler, Wendy Rieger and Dan Hellie celebrated with the then-newlyweds.

Czarniak wore a strapless Kenneth Pool gown as she walked down the aisle on the arm of her father. After exchanging vows, they were serenaded by Lee Anne Myslewski, who sang Miranda Lambert's "Makin' Plans."

Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak's Children

Lindsay and Craig's children's birthday party
Photo: @lindsaycz and @craigmelvinnbc / Instagram

Craig Melvin and his wife share two children; Delano (10) and Cybil (7).

According to People, Delano actually played a role in naming his sister. He called her "Sibby," short for sibling, while Czarniak was pregnant—so they decided on Cybil to keep the nickname.

Although Delano is only 10 years old, it seems like he might be following in his parents' footsteps when it comes to working in media.

"I'll tell you about a moment that stood out for me was when my son came with me to work," Melvin told Hello. "He got to interview Jimmy Fallon. He helped Lester Holt interview him. How great is that."

"It was legit the first time where I got the impression he was mildly interested in what I do for a living," he added. "He's interviewed a few other people too now and that's exciting and wonderful to see."

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