Closings & Delays across the Tennessee Valley
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Melissa Riopka is an Alabama native with strong ties to the Tennessee Valley. A graduate of Cullman High School, she received her broadcasting degree from the University of Alabama.

From there, she traveled (slightly) north to Tennessee. After a great eight years as a reporter/anchor in Chattanooga, Melissa went to work at a Birmingham television station.

In 2010, it was time for another move following her husband’s job transfer. Now she and her family are happy to call Huntsville home.

Melissa currently anchors WHNT News 19 at 5 with Greg Screws and WHNT News 19 at 6:30 with Jerry Hayes.

When she’s not at work, you can usually find Melissa outside with her family, enjoying the hiking trails around Monte Sano or the waters of Lake Guntersville.

You can reach Melissa on Twitter @MelissaRiopka or at melissa.riopka@whnt.com


Recent Articles
  • Sensory Santa Toy Drive Underway Now

    MADISON, Ala. – KultureCity, with the help of Madison behavior Therapy, is once again hosting a Sensory Santa event – allowing those with sensory sensitivities and their families to enjoy the holiday tradition. Founded in 2013 and based out of Birmingham, Alabama, KultureCity is a non-profit “with the mission to inspire the community to join in creating a world where all autistic individuals can be accepted, included and fulfill their potential.” As part of the local Sensory Santa event, the […]

  • Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas sparkles with 5 million lights, new Glacier Ridge

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – After earning its 11th consecutive Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana is growing with the addition of Glacier Ridge. Through January 5, 2019, guests can experience the Smokies at Christmas in a new and glittering way. Glacier Ridge is an immersive lighting experience that pushes the park’s total count to more than five million twinkling lights. The experience is spread throughout Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and […]

  • Bank Street Players presents “Humbug! A Christmas Carol” November 29 – December 1

    DECATUR, Ala. – Bank Street Players presents the 2nd Annual production of “Humbug! A Christmas Carol” November 29 – December 1 at the historic Princess Theatre, 112 Second Avenue NE in Decatur. Written and composed by Decatur native Chuck Puckett, the show is a musical retelling of the classic Dicken’s tale. With 15 original songs, the family-friendly show follows Ebenezer Scrooge and the spirits that set out to transform his soul. “Humbug! A Christmas Carol” will be performed: Thursday, November […]

  • Manna House hosting Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner

    Huntsville, Ala. – Manna House is once again hosting a Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. The non-profit public charity provides food assistance to those in need and is dedicated to ensuring no one in our community goes hungry. On Thanksgiving, there’s also the opportunity for fellowship. Anyone who needs a place to go and a holiday meal is invited to Southside Baptist Church, 209 Marsheutz Avenue in Huntsville on Thursday, November 22. The dinner will begin at 12pm in the gymnasium. […]

  • Mojo’s “Bikes or Bust” going on now outside Ashley HomeStore to help local children in need

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The WZYP “Bikes or Bust” event is underway! Now in its 16th year, “Bikes or Bust” has provided thousands of bicycles to local children in need. This year’s event started Thursday at 11am when Mojo went up on a scissor lift outside Ashley HomeStore, located at 3020 South Memorial Parkway in Huntsville. He won’t come down until Monday at 6pm. During that time, people are invited to stop by with the gift of a new bike. You […]

  • This year, why not honor a veteran by ensuring vital services are available?

    Huntsville, Ala. – On November 11th, we honor our veterans. But for Still Serving Veterans, every day is Veterans Day. The mission of this non-profit is to serve veterans and their families, transitioning service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves by assisting them in securing meaningful employment and the veteran benefits they have earned. All of the employment counselors at Still Serving Veterans are veterans, themselves. Their services are provided at no charge. They’re available to help every […]

  • Something Rotten! coming to Broadway Theatre League in Huntsville November 16 – 18

    Huntsville, Ala. – Set in 1595, Something Rotten! tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. New York Magazine has called the result “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including […]

  • Community event to benefit Meals on Wheels

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are 275 elderly, homebound and disabled people in our community who may not receive regular meals over the holidays without your help. They are members of the Meals on Wheels and Adult Day Care program. The program’s food supplier closes during the holidays and donations are needed to keep the service going. Meals on Wheels clients are over the age of 60, unable to cook for themselves due to a health problem, have no one available […]

  • Hungry? Bring your appetite to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Saturday for Lobsterfest 25

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala, – Two-thousand fresh Maine lobsters, 400 whole slabs of freshly cooked ribs, 700+ pounds of BBQ and 200+ pounds of brisket. It’s a menu worthy of a 25th-anniversary celebration and that’s exactly what Saint Thomas Episcopal Church is planning. Lobsterfest 25 is Saturday, November 10th from 10am – 6pm at the church, 12200 Bailey Cove Road. Saint Thomas Episcopal started Lobsterfest in 1994 to raise money for its outreach programs. All proceeds benefit local and international charities. Last […]

  • Going through the looking glass to help local veterans

    Huntsville, Ala. – Halloween won’t be your last chance to dress up. On Saturday, November 3rd, you’re invited to a masquerade ball, benefiting the Veterans of North Alabama Services Center. VON-ASAP is a non-profit organization formed in 2012 that provides support to vets and their families who are in need of guidance in applying for services and meeting their basic needs. The goal is to maintain an office where they’ll find a respectful, friendly atmosphere while receiving assistance either through […]

  • Phoenix helping people rise above for 45 years

    Huntsville, Ala. – For 45 years, Phoenix has been helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment. Concerned citizens started the non-profit in 1973. Today, Phoenix is still governed by a group of business, community and professional leaders who serve without compensation. There are several programs available. There is no cost to the participant or his or her family. The services are open to people with any disability (physical, emotional, learning, physiological, etc.) that can impact the ability to get or […]

  • 1st Madison Volksmarch brings local history to life

    Madison, Ala. – The Rotary Club of Madison is bringing a first of its kind event to the historic district. A “Volksmarch” on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9am-12pm. The term “Volksmarch” originated in Europe and is a noncompetitive 3.1 mile (5 km) or a 6.2 mile (10 km) walk. It is a fun, outdoor activity that involves walking along a safe, predetermined, and marked route with a club, your pet, yourself, your friends, or with your family. The first […]