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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 this Morning with Steve Johnson.

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

Recent Articles
  • Kidney Education Conference set for October 9

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and others have an opportunity to network and learn about kidney disease at this year’s Kidney Education Conference. The event is set for Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:30pm at Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue. Organizers say “community advocacy can help change the nature of the disease. The more we educate and the more awareness there is about kidney disease, the better we can treat and prevent it.” Topics […]

  • Apple Annie Day is Friday, October 25

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Apple Annie Day is Friday, October 25th and apples are available now through the Junior League of Huntsville. The Junior League is selling Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples by the crates, half-crates, dozens and gift baskets. You can pre-order your apples through September for October delivery. The apple sales support the Junior League’s community initiatives including: One on One: Let’s Read – Family Literacy Nights The Butterfly Project – providing college readiness workshops, scholarships, and prom attire […]

  • Help lead the way to the first survivor with a Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    This month, hundreds of people will come together in Florence and Huntsville to show their support for those battling Alzheimer’s and dementia. On Sunday, September 15, the 2019 Shoals Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at McFarland Park in Florence. On Sunday, September 22, the 2019 North Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be at Big Spring Park in Huntsville. At both events, registration will start at 12:30pm, with a brief ceremony at 2:00pm and the walks beginning at […]

  • “Bluejeans and Barbeque” benefiting 305 8th Street and Therapy Partners

    Huntsville, Ala. – What better way to end the summer than with the biggest barbeque of the year? Therapy Partners has joined together with 305 8th Street for the perfect family-friendly event to kick off your autumn. Blue Jeans and Barbeque is fun for the whole family with live music, kids’ activities, animals, a general store and of course, delicious food! This fundraising jamboree is happening Sunday, September 15th from 11:00am-2:00pm at 305 8th Street in Huntsville. From 11:30am-12:30pm, they’ll […]

  • Celebrate Wish Night with a gala dinner at Huntsville Botanical Garden

    Huntsville, Ala. – Join Make-A-Wish Alabama for the best night in the Rocket City, Wish Night! This gala event on Friday, September 20, 2019 will celebrate the power of a wish. Held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, the inaugural Wish Night promises to be a special evening with live music, auction and appearances by Wish Kids and their families. Tickets include a three-course gourmet meal, with Catering by Narvell, as well as complimentary beer and wine. To purchase yours online, […]

  • “Canadian Brass” to perform at Randolph School as part of National Arts in Education Week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – National Arts in Education Week is coming up September 8-14 and Randolph School is proud to celebrate with a special performance that is open to the community. Canadian Brass will perform Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00pm at Randolph’s Thurber Arts Center, located at 4915 Garth Road in Huntsville. With a discography of more than 130 albums, Canadian Brass has been called “the world’s most famous brass group.” Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults, $10 for […]

  • Register now for the Autumn Chase Fun Run, benefiting Huntsville Hospital’s pediatric audiology unit

    Huntsville, Ala. – The annual Autumn Chase Fun Run presented by Delta Zeta is set for Thursday, September 19th. The event will take place near the Jaycees Building by John Hunt Park. Parking will be at Joe Davis Stadium, 3030 South Memorial Parkway. There is no registration fee but donations to Huntsville Hospital Foundation are appreciated and will benefit the pediatric audiology unit at Huntsville Hospital. The one-mile fun run is for children in preschool through 8th grade. All finishers […]

  • TEDxWilson Park coming to downtown Florence on Aug. 24

    Florence, Ala. – On August 24, 2019 at The Mane Room in downtown Florence, TEDxWilsonPark attendees will hear from a carefully curated selection of speakers. These speakers, from Alabama and across the country, represent diverse fields. They’ll share big, bold ideas of how they’re making good in the world around them. TEDxWilsonPark will also feature local artists and musicians. The day will be a unique, intimate gathering of thinkers, doers, creators and makers – to allow the conversation to continue […]

  • Grissom Band alumni invited to celebrate 50th anniversary with a special weekend September 20-21

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Grissom High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the band is doing something very special. The band is calling all alumni, from 1969 through 2019, to reunite during a special weekend September 20-21. Band alumni who would like to participate are invited to click here for more information and to register. You can buy tickets for the whole weekend or a la carte, if you can only make certain events. Either is fine. They’ll […]

  • CASA of Madison County still helping neighbors remain independent and safe at home

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For 40 years, CASA of Madison County has been helping neighbors remain independent, safe and a part of the community. CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) is a non-profit agency located in Huntsville that provides services to individuals age 60 and older and to the homebound (wheelchair and bed bound) of all ages. What began in 1979 as an effort to assist senior citizens with transportation has grown to include many other services, allowing […]

  • Get your tickets now! Rocket Chef returns to Huntsville on August 12

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Get ready for another year of fierce fundraising and culinary expertise when the 6th annual Rocket Chef returns to Huntsville this August. Rocket Chef is based on popular and contemporary food television challenges and showcases local chefs from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Their cooking ability is tested in a time-pressured environment using ‘mystery’ ingredients. This all takes place on a stage in front of a live audience of more than 300 people and three […]

  • Bank Street Players presents Guys and Dolls at Princess Theatre July 25-27

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Bank Street Players present Guys and Dolls, July 25-27 at the historic Princess Theatre. Shows are Thursday-Sunday at 7:00pm, with a 2:00pm matinee on Sunday. The musical is a Broadway classic that brings the glitz and grime of old New York to the stage. A romantic comedy, “it tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterston, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss […]

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