Melissa Mandak (born 1982) is a beauty queen who won the title Miss Connecticut USA 2005.
Mandak, who hails from Hamden represented Connecticut in the Miss USA 2005 pageant held in Baltimore, Maryland in April 2005, but failed to make the cut. The pageant was won by Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina. Mandak had placed second runner-up to Sheila Wiatr in the Miss Connecticut USA 2004 pageant a year prior to winning her state crown.
Mandak graduated from Rutgers University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass media. At the time of her pageant win she was working as a real estate ageant. She has also appeared as an extra in the recent “Stepford Wives” motion picture. Her long-term plan was to attend graduate college and study meteorology.
Mandak crowned her successor, Jeannine Phillips, in November 2005.
Mandak is currently a traffic reporter for Metro Networks in Hartford, Ct.
On Feb, 9th 2009 She started doing traffic reports for WNYW FOX5’s Good Day New York