Melanie Christopher, WJTV 12 News

Melanie Christopher

WJTV 12 News

Jackson, MS, United States

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Past articles by Melanie:

How pedestrians can avoid fatal car crashes

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Two years ago, a pedestrian was killed every 81 minutes in a traffic crash on average in the United States. Mississippi had the third-highest fatality rate per 100,000 population, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Last year, Mississippi ranked 6th in the country for improvement. That’s a lot of […] → Read More

New procedure to correct cataracts offered in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – An eye doctor in the Jackson metro is offering a groundbreaking new treatment to correct your cataracts. Opthamologist and surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell of the eye group of Mississippi discussed the new treatment for cataracts. Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell: For many, many years, as patients develop cataracts, the lens in their eye […] → Read More

Friday Fur Babies: February 18, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Every week, WJTV 12 News features an animal looking to be adopted in Mississippi. This animal is available at the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi (ARF) in Jackson. Smokey Robinson is a senior dog who’s laid back. However, he does have puppy play. He loves dogs, and he’s never met a […] → Read More

Friday Fur Babies: February 4, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Every week, WJTV 12 News features an animal looking to be adopted in Mississippi. This animal is available at the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi (ARF) in Jackson. This is Big Jack. Jack is about three years old. He was a stray that just wandered up to a woman’s house and […] → Read More

Friday Fur Babies: January 7, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Every week, WJTV 12 News features an animal looking to be adopted in Mississippi. This animal is available at the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi (ARF) in Jackson. “Pumpkin is a female cat about three or four years old. She was an owner surrender, and she’s just a real lazy, sweet […] → Read More

Lyft driver describes struggle to survive attack in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Lyft driver who was kidnapped and shot seven times on Tuesday in Jackson is sharing her story while recovering from a hospital bed. Brandy Littrell recounts the attack moment by moment. Littrell: “Don’t die. I was clearly just like willing to give him whatever he asked for, which I did, […] → Read More

COVID-19 becomes a new threat for law enforcement officers

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Being a law enforcement officer has always been a dangerous job, but now there’s a new deadly threat out there. “It’s very frightening because you know we, usually you know, officers are tragically killed in a shooting, motor vehicle accident. Sometimes you have officers who even have heart attacks on the […] → Read More

TAPP: Teachers and Parents as Partners

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Studies show parental involvement in a child’s education can lead to more learning, higher test scores and graduation rates, and more opportunities to pursue higher education. But parental involvement does not only mean helping with homework. Developing a strong parent-teacher partnership can make a huge difference. For mom Paola Arita, getting […] → Read More

ICAP: How to Help Teachers Help Students

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Nearly 27 percent of teachers are now considering leaving their profession or taking a leave of absence due to COVID-19. The pandemic has made it difficult for teachers to create successful learning environments. Now as schools return to normalcy, a study finds that new approaches to teaching can make a difference. […] → Read More

Mississippi’s telemedicine demand increases in rural communities

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Telemedicine has been a part of health in Mississippi for years, but in the last year, it’s gotten a robust workout due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Before the pandemic in 2019, there were almost 12,000 telehealth visits. From 12,000 last year, it went up to 132,000. So that’s a 10-fold increase in […] → Read More

Single Parenting During COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Dealing with a pandemic is hard for any family, but for single parents, it can be extra stressful. Parenting during COVID-19 isn’t easy. If you’re a single parent, it can be downright overwhelming. “I think there’s probably a lot of anxiety in terms of economic stress and these sorts of things,” […] → Read More

Josiah Colt, man seen hanging from Senate balcony, turns himself in

The man photographed hanging from the Senate balcony during last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol has turned himself in, according to Idaho officials. → Read More

Mississippi woman writes book to address bullying

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – How many times growing up did a sibling, cousin or classmate say something mean to you, and then say, ‘I’m just kidding?'” Words can sting, and they can stay with a child all their life. One Madison woman, with a love for children and words, decided she needed to address bullying. […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

Food Insecurity During COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Twelve-point-six million Americans were unemployed in September, but that doesn’t count the millions of workers who had their hours reduced or faced a pay cut because of COVID. For many people, it’s tough to make ends meet. Now, researchers are looking at how COVID stressors, including food insecurity are affecting families. […] → Read More

Trustmark Bank robbed on University Boulevard in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating a robbery at Trustmark bank that happened on Wednesday. The robbery happened just after 1:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of University Boulevard. Investigators said a man entered the bank, demanded cash and ran away with an undetermined amount of cash. They are currently following up on […] → Read More

Parenting 101: Babies Who Cry It Out Adjust

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Throughout the years, researchers have told parents to attend to their babies promptly if they cry. But a new study suggests babies who cry it out are not any more likely to have behavioral issues later on. It’s the sound parents of infants’ dread in the middle of the night. But […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

MDOC reports two inmates died at separate hospitals

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced two inmates, from different regions, died in the hospital. Carl Magee, 63, was pronounced dead Friday morning at the Greene County Hospital in Leakesville. Malachi Lewis, 77, died Thursday night at the Mississippi State Penitentiary hospital, where he had been since late July. According […] → Read More

Parenting 101: Supportive Parenting Best for Kid

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – From fear to stress, the global pandemic has forced children everywhere to deal with a wide range of emotions and feelings. Some might act out, while others learn to keep their cool. But a new study shows how parents respond to their child’s emotions matters – a lot. When your child […] → Read More

Parenting 101: Families Doubling Up During COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The high cost of housing and high unemployment can lead families to “double up,” one or more families or multiple generations sharing a home or apartment. It’s a living arrangement with benefits, but there are risks, too, especially during the pandemic. Kelli Morris Larkin lives in a four-bedroom home with her […] → Read More

Parenting 101: 2020 Grads and Grief in a Pandemic

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – 2020 high school graduates were born just after 9/11 and are entering adulthood in the middle of a pandemic — without a doubt, two life-shaping events for most Americans. What should parents watch for as these teens prepare for their next chapter and how can they provide support? For high school […] → Read More