Melanie Dotson: Popular 22-Year-Old Mississippi Reporter Suddenly Dies

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Sad news…

Melanie Dotson Dies

A Mississippi town and newsroom is reeling after one of their beloved reporters passed away.

Melanie Dotson, 22, died suddenly of natural causes Friday after making her mark at WJTV news.

The Clarion Ledger reports:

WJTV-TV reporter Melanie Dotson died Friday.

The station reported Dotson’s death Friday afternoon.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said Dotson died of natural causes at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson on Friday afternoon. Stewart said she was told Dotson was 22.

Dotson joined WJTV in April. A native of Brandon, Dotson came to WJTV from WXVT-TV in Greenville.

She was a 2015 graduate of Tougaloo College, where she earned her degree in mass communication with an emphasis in radio and television broadcasting.

James Cromwell, WJTV vice president and general manager, said Dotson was “one of those very unique people” who represented the best of the best in journalism.

“Clearly she had, in a very short career, established and distinguished herself as someone who represented the best in our industry,” Cromwell said. “She clearly had a wonderful spirit and certainly had a very bright approach to our business.

Cromwell said Dotson was beloved by her co-workers.

Very, very sad news. Melanie clearly had a natural gift and a promising career ahead of her.

Condolences to the family and the WJTV news team.

The Clarion Ledger

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