Marselis Parsons is the former News Director of WCAX-TV and served for many years as the Anchor of the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. Marselis has now retired from the daily grind, but he will never be done telling stories. So he still reports for WCAX on the interesting people he meets and places he visits-- just on a more leisurely basis.
Born in Rye, N.Y., Marselis traveled extensively in Europe and Africa during his youth, as his father was a Foreign Service officer.
He graduated in 1966 with BA from Lafayette College, in Easton, Penn., where he majored in foreign affairs. He thought he would follow in his father's footsteps and join the Foreign Servce.
Marselis worked for radio stations in New Hampshire and Easton, and a brief stint at WRLH-TV, a low power UHF in Lebanon NH (the precursor to WNNE-TV).
"Div" joined WCAX-TV as a general assignment reporter in April 1967, and was appointed Montpelier Correspondent in 1968. He was promoted to Night Editor and anchor in 1972, and also covered the city of Burlington. He anchored and produced "Nightbeat" for seven years.
In 1979, he instituted and produced a monthly newsmagazine program for WCAX-TV called Dimension. Marselis and the program won two New England EMMY awards. Dimension also won many other awards from news organizations and advocacy groups. He also helped the station win a Peabody award for the 25 part series called Patterns of Practice which Hamilton Davis reported and Parsons produced with Tyler Dawson and photographer Bob Davis in 1983.
In October of 1984, Marselis became News Director upon the death of Richard Gallagher. He anchored the 6 p.m. news for 15 years on his own, and later with co-anchors Sera Congi and Kristin Kelly.
He is particularly proud of the accomplishments of the Channel 3 News team which has won dozens of awards in the last 20 years, including Best Television Newscast in the United States. That award, named for Edward R. Murrow, was given to WCAX-TV in 2003 by the Radio and Television News Directors Association..selected from all stations in markets sized 50 and smaller. WCAX won similar regional Murrow awards in succeeding years.
And in 2007, WCAX TV won six regional Murrows...for overall excellence, best newscast, best continuing coverage, best spot news, best series, best feature. "It's all due to a great team .. both on and off camera".