NABJ Mourns the Loss of WJTV Reporter Melanie Dotson
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON (Sept.20) - NABJ mourns the loss of Melanie Dotson, a reporter for WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi.
According to the Hinds County Coroner, Sharon Grisham Stewart, Dotson died of natural causes at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson on Friday afternoon. Stewart said she was told Dotson was 22 years old.
"The news of Melanie's unexpected passing has hit NABJ hard, said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We have lost another of our rising stars way too soon. NABJ extends our deepest condolences to Melanie's family and loved ones."
Dotson joined the WJTV newsroom in April of 2016. She is from Brandon, Mississippi and is a graduate of Tougaloo College, where she earned her degree in mass communication with an emphasis in radio and television broadcasting.
Click here to see some of the stories that Dotoson covered.
According to her station's website, there will be a public viewing on Friday, September 23 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Woodworth Chapel on the campus of Tougaloo College.
The funeral is set for Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. It will be held at the Brandon Municipal Complex that is located at 1000 Municipal Drive in Brandon, Miss.
NABJ's thoughts are with Dotson's family, her WJTV colleagues, and friends during this difficult time.
About the National Association of Black Journalists:
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.
*News reports were used to compile this release.