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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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.  

Donations of sneakers are being accepted for recycling at Alabama State University.  The environmental awareness initiative is host by the campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, ASU's Health Physical Education Recreation and Nike's Reuse program.  The deadline for donations is October 27th; sneakers can be dropped off inside ASU's Dunn-Oliver Acadome near room 239.  

The Department of Veteran Affairs has announced a new program aimed at helping veterans resolve debt collection issues.  Central Alabama VA, Tyeasa Ewell says a Community Care Call Center has been set up to assist veterans with credit issues as a result of wrongly billed Choice Program claims.  The number is 1-877-881-7618.  

Alabama State University's annual Fall Career Fair hosted hundreds of people Thursday.  Organizers say more than 100 representatives were on hand offering information about full-time, part-time, co-op and internship positions. The annual career fair was held at ASU's Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  

The Alabama State University family is mourning the death of one of its students, 18-year-old Jerrett Mumford. In an official statement the university offers its prayers and condolences to the family of Mumford.  Officials say Mumford was killed on Sunday in a car accident in Georgia.  ASU President, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd says “we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.  A student-led memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Card Residence Hall, where Mumford resided on campus.