Melissa Hipolit

Investigative Reporter

Melissa Hipolit began working as an investigative reporter at WTVR CBS 6 News in Richmond, Va. in October of 2013.

A native of Falls Church in Northern Virginia, Melissa is thrilled to be reporting in the capitol of the commonwealth.

Melissa previously worked at WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tenn. for five years as a reporter and an anchor.

While working at WJHL, Melissa won a Tennessee AP Award for a story about southwest Virginia's coal country during the presidential election of 2012.

After getting her bachelor's degree in History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, Melissa moved back to northern Virginia. She worked as the assistant editor of the Congressional Quarterly Researcher, and as a desk assistant at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. From there, she decided to pursue her ambition to be a reporter. That meant moving back to upstate, NY.

Melissa completed her Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism at Syracuse University in 2008.

Melissa is always on the lookout for a great story.

If you have any ideas, please send them to her email address:

Recent Articles

  • State finds Richmond DSS not at fault in two child deaths

    Posted on: 9:44 pm, April 18, 2014, by , updated on: 12:33am, April 19, 2014

    Virginia Department of Social Service is reviewing what happened to five children who died since April of last year and were known to RDSS at some point.
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  • Local Nation of Islam chapter disputes hate group label

    Posted on: 4:56 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 07:34pm, April 16, 2014

    On the SPLC’s website, the center writes “the deeply racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”
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  • Civil Rights group identifies multiple Richmond hate groups

    Posted on: 9:47 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:55am, April 15, 2014

    Twenty-six of the listed hate groups are in Virginia, and three of them are located in Richmond.
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  • VCU asks students, staff to reach out after suicides

    Posted on: 10:48 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 01:23am, April 10, 2014

    Students on the VCU campus are grappling with the news that one of their own took his own life this year.
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  • Chesterfield Board votes to defer real estate tax vote — for now

    Posted on: 2:38 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 07:21pm, April 9, 2014

    Chesterfield Board Chair Jim Holland said the decision is "changing by the minute."
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  • SAFE TO DRINK: Petersburg boil advisory lifted

    Posted on: 7:20 pm, April 8, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:31pm, April 10, 2014

    Petersburg officials told CBS 6 News that the boil advisory was lifted around 10 p.m. Thursday and that the water is safe to drink.
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    Water Main Break
  • UPDATED: Petersburg resident must boil water for 24 more hours

    Posted on: 2:03 pm, April 7, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:52am, April 8, 2014

    Petersburg is partnering with Food Lion to distribute free water to residents experiencing low water pressure beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
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    Petersburg Water
  • Richmond SCAN director begins 6 month stint to help fix DSS

    Posted on: 12:57 am, April 2, 2014, by

    Jeanine Harper, exective director of a local child welfare nonprofit, is joining the Richmond Department of Social Services for the next six months to help lead efforts to address concerns the DSS has faced in the last couple years.
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  • RRHA to disband police force in Richmond neighborhoods

    Posted on: 2:50 pm, March 31, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:40am, April 1, 2014

    RRHA manages properties in communities like Gilpin Court, Hillside Court and Whicomb Court.
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    RRHA Police
  • Family of ’12 Years A Slave’ author opposes Shockoe baseball stadium

    Posted on: 11:12 pm, March 28, 2014, by , updated on: 10:31am, March 29, 2014

    A descendant of former slave Solomon Northup is petitioning Mayor Jones to end the baseball plan.
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  • Wrong fax number hindered search for bed before Deeds attacked

    Posted on: 8:21 pm, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 11:51pm, March 27, 2014

    The latest report released shows that the state employee who tried to find a bed in a psychiatric facility for the son of Senator Creigh Deeds encountered several problems, including faxing the wrong number.
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  • Commonwealth’s attorney won’t bring charges in Deeds suicide, stabbing

    Posted on: 2:03 pm, March 26, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:42pm, March 27, 2014

    The report involved the probe into the suicide of Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds’ son Gus just hours after a mental health evaluation.
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    Deeds Banjo