DSM Living is the metro-area's premiere guide to do around Des Moines. Every Sunday our team of hosts will bring you to the trendiest restaurants, give you tips on how to stay healthy, tell you about upcoming events and much, much more!

DSM Living airs Sunday mornings at 11 on  ABC 5 WOI-DT.

Meet the Hosts!

Sharon Rooney

Meet Sharon Rooney:

Hey dsmliving fans! I am so excited to be a part of this terrific new lifestyle show! Des Moines is home to me, as I have lived here since I was in the 2nd grade! Fast-forward 44 years and I am now, with my husband Bill, an empty-nester. If you think Nebraska joining the Big Ten is a big deal to you, we have a daughter at the University of Iowa, and a son at the University of Nebraska! Show down time! My background is in television, and I worked at KCCI-TV8 for 8 years. Later I hosted and co-produced The Open House Television Show. Now I have my Real Estate License and am looking forward to getting back on TV hosting the remodeling segments for dsmliving. Join me in celebrating cool remodeled spaces Sunday mornings at 11:00 on abc5!

Meet Wendi Wendt:

Wendi made her first television appearance on ABC's The Mole. When she returned to Iowa she began hosting an Eastern Iowa show called The Great Exchange (a part home makeover part scavenger hunt challenge) produced by Lisa Arbuckle.

After that experience Wendi began acting in theatre, commercials and film. She was nominated for best actress in Kitty the Waitress a Theatre Cedar Rapids production and has been in several Addy award winning commercials. She has also hosted a series of Better Homes and Gardens D.I.Y. segments. Wendi played Mary in the The Blacksmith and the Carpenter directed by Chris Redish. She was recently nominated for best actress by the IMPA for the 2011 Best Picture Award winning film, Man & Woman directed by Travis Kraus.

Wendi is equally passionate about other art forms. She owned a folk art business selling one of a kind rustic art pieces for many years. Today her love of art has evolved to abstract painting and photography. Her work can be found at the Chait Gallery in Iowa City.

"I believe life should be full of the things you are most passionate about. I'm moved by all art forms in ways I can't explain. I feel fortunate that I've been given the opportunity to live my passions. My hope is that everyone gets the chance to live theirs."

Meet Melanie Hall:

Melanie Hall, a home grown Iowan, grew up in a rural area outside of Carroll. She attended Simpson College and received her B.A. in Theater Performance and English. While in college, Melanie hosted Iowa Public Television's School to Career Odyssey program. She also acted in several industrials and modeled for many fashion, hair, and make-up shows. Additionally, Melanie attended the National Theatre Institute in Connecticut and studied theater in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

After she graduated from Simpson, Melanie moved to Chicago to advance her acting career through commercial and industrial work and independent films such as The Conversation.

Eventually, Melanie moved back to Iowa to pursue higher education and to replant her Iowa roots. She received her M.A. from Iowa State University in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication. While completing her M.A, Melanie had a leading role in the independent film The Atomic Nightmare. Additionally, she hosted SmartShop, Spotlight, and Mediacom's Academic Challenge.

Currently, she is the spokesperson for Fareway and the new cohost for DSM Living. She is excited to be a part of the DSM Living show. Melanie and her husband, Mark, and their two kids have found that Iowa is a great place to live, work, and play. Melanie notes, "Des Moines is an amazing town made up of wonderful people. It has incredible restaurants, thriving businesses, competitive sports, and exciting live shows. My family takes advantage of all that Des Moines has to offer. We are thrilled to live in the Des Moines area."

Meet Cathy Kelley:

Starting at a very young age, Cathy dreamt of being in the limelight. It wasn't until high school, though, that she started pursing that dream—she was determined to be a rock star. Several painful bass guitar lessons later, Cathy accepted the fact that she lacked the musical ability needed to land a record deal. She changed gears and decided to interview bands instead of being in one. Cathy traded in her guitar for a video camera and signed up for her high school's Live TV news show.

Cathy realized she had found her niche after one of her segments, covering a school concert, won her an award for Best News Package in a Chicago-land film festival. The suburban girl had her sights set on national television hosting.

Flash forward years later, Cathy has appeared in countless commercials and reported for Chicago's GenYTV. She has worked both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Cathy has done everything from producing segments for Emmy Award-Winning reporters at WFLD to handling the press for New York couture fashion designer, Maggie Norris. She is currently the host and producer of The Open House Television Show and there is only more to come for this rising star







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