Services set for WJTV’s Dotson


From staff reports


The Jackson community continues to mourn the loss of WJTV-TV reporter Melanie Dotson, 22, who died Sept. 16.

Described as a young and promising reporter, Dotson was an alumna of Tougaloo College and native of Brandon. A public viewing is set for 4-8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Woodworth Chapel on Tougaloo’s campus.

The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 24, at the Brandon Municipal Complex, 1000 Municipal Drive in Brandon.

Dotson graduated from Tougaloo in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in radio and television broadcasting. Her first professional job was at WXVT-TV in Greenville, where she was the weekend anchor, producer and weekday reporter. She began working at WJTV in April of this year. Dotson was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

When announcing Dotson’s sudden death during the 4 p.m. broadcast Sept. 16, WJTV news anchor Melanie Christopher mentioned Dotson had recently been hospitalized. According to Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart, Dotson died of natural causes.

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