Melanie Hogan

News Reporter I

Melanie cut her teeth as a work study student working in the areas of news reporting and announcing.  After graduating from Alabama State University, she also worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV.  Her professional achievements include News Reporter of the year in 2010 and 2011 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association.  She is a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists and says her goal is to continually grow as a dynamic journalist. 

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The faith community is responding to the news of an historic African-American church in Mississippi being vandalized by a presumed Trump supporter or supporters.  Reports say the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi was burned and vandalized with a "Vote Trump" scrawled across building.  WVAS News spoke with Montgomery's Pastor Terry Ellison of New Life Baptist Church about the incident; Ellison says forgiveness should be the initial step.  News outlets report the fire damaged the sanctuary of the 111-year old church.  

A legal clinic for veterans was held Thursday at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System in Montgomery.  Representatives from the Jones School of Law and the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office advised veterans and their families on civil and criminal matters at no charge.  Organizers of the Veterans Civil Legal Assistance Clinic say there are plans to conduct more clinics in the near future.  

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford delivered his final State of the City Address.  The event was held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.  WVAS News spoke to Ford about his experience in office and his expectations for the next chapter in his life.  Ford says he will work to revitalize historic neighborhoods surrounding Lake Tuskegee and plans to add author to his name with an upcoming book release.  

Cheerleaders at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery presented a check to a local breast cancer awareness group.  The cheer squad and their coach, Anteidra Martin presented a $400 check to the Women of Hope Foundation; President Donna McCord says she is grateful for the cheerleaders taking an active role in breast cancer awareness.  McCord says the proceeds will be used to buy care items for baskets presented to women diagnosed with breast cancer.  

A mini-mart opened in downtown Montgomery Thursday.  Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange joined other city elected officials, community leaders and supporters packed "Sous La Terre" or SLT Mart for its soft opening.  Owner George Trawick tells WVAS News the mini-mart will serve residents and visitors in the downtown area.  The store will host its grand opening on Oct. 25th.  

A historical marker honoring Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray was unveiled Wednesday in Tuskegee.  A number of speakers spoke about Gray's accomplishments, some calling him a "trailblazer" and a "living legend."  Marilyn Stamps with the Alabama Tourism Department was among the speakers; she says Gray's work will be on display for generations to come.  The marker is located across the street from Tuskegee University.  

Montgomery Public Schools are celebrating October as Parent Visitation Month; all month long, parents and guardians are invited to visit their child's school.  Tuesday, Montgomery Schools Superintendent Margaret Allen joined other education officials to encourage parental involvement.  MPS Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Christopher Blair says parents can increase their engagement by asking questions about their child's education.  Parents and guardians can find tools and resources online at 

A national campaign to reduce calories in beverages launched in Montgomery Monday.  Area elected officials and community leaders joined the "Balance What You Eat, Drink and Do" program  hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Beverage Association.  The program's goal is to reduce the beverage calories consumed per person by 20 percent by the year 2025 nationally. Officials say Montgomery and Lowndes counties make up the 5th market added to the nation-wide program.  

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley joined state education experts Thursday to announce the annual Alabama’s College Readiness and Advance Placement program.  According to the Alabama State Department of Education and A+ College Ready, Alabama ranks number one in percent growth in qualifying scores in AP courses over the last eight years.  Education experts say more Alabama high school students are challenging themselves in all AP courses. 

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a "No Burn Order," prohibiting all outdoor burning for 46 counties in north and central Alabama.  The No Burn Order makes it illegal for anyone to start a fire or have an open flame, including something as a campfire, in any forest, grassy area or wooded area.  Anyone caught starting a fire in one of the 46 counties could be charged by police and face a fine of $250-$500.  There is also a possibility that the person could face a 6-month jail sentence.