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Melissa Painter pulls double-duty at FOX8. She works to save you time and money as the station's consumer reporter and also anchors the weekend newscasts.

She was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, but claims the Piedmont-Triad as her second home because of her time as a student at Wake Forest University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications.

Before making her way back to North Carolina, Melissa worked as an anchor/reporter at WBBH in Fort Myers, Florida, and at WBKO in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She was also an associate producer at WTVF in Nashville. While Melissa was in college, you may have seen her on Cable 2, the education station for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Melissa has been nominated for two Emmy awards and won two Associated Press awards for reporting.

Melissa volunteers with Communities in Schools by visiting Allen Jay Elementary School once a week. Melissa also serves on the board of directors for the Arts Council of High Point and Open Door Ministries.

Melissa lives in High Point with her husband, Adrian.


Recent Articles
  • Backyard chickens saving families money with egg prices rising

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Your neighbor probably has a pet dog in the backyard but what about a chicken? Backyard chickens are actually becoming more popular. There are no hard numbers, but the website backyardchickens.com has almost half a million users. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter found some family members in Forsyth County who say backyard chickens even save them money.

  • Kinkajou Bottle Cutter put to the Deal or Dud test

    FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Grab Bag put to the Deal or Dud test

    Have a pile a plastic bags sitting in your kitchen? Get rid of them with something more convenient — the Grab Bag. Just clip, bag and go. But how well does it really work? FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts it to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Zackees turn signal gloves put to the Deal or Dud test

    FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts Zackees turn signal gloves to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Identity theft and the IRS

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The IRS — the government agency everyone loves to hate. A FOX8 viewer has a very real reason to be upset after the IRS told him it would take six months to fix a problem with his return. A problem he didn’t cause. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter tells us what happened.

  • Suspicious door-to-door sales

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — With the Internet and online shopping, door-to-door sales seem like something from another generation. But actually, they’re still very popular. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. Somebody’s at the door. It’s a salesperson. He wants to tell you about a new alarm system from a company called Vivint. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter visited a Greensboro neighborhood to find out what went wrong.

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    FOX8 On Your Side: 15 texting acronyms every parent should know

    Some things haven’t changed much. Teenagers still love getting together at the shopping mall. But the way they communicate? Fifty years ago, the idea of texting from a mobile phone would seem like science fiction. Now it’s all most teenagers do. FOX8 On Your Side asked teenagers what kind of texts they send. One teenager said, “I don’t use punctuation when I text.” Typically, they don’t even spell out the words. They use codes instead. FOX8 On Your Side found […]

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    FOX8 On Your Side investigates per diem pay for state lawmakers

    It’s called per diem. It’s lingo meaning a daily allowance for expenses. Most businesses provide it to their employees during travel and you as a taxpayer provide it to members of the General Assembly. $2,038,991. That’s how much you paid North Carolina’s legislators last year for meals and lodging. It’s a law. General statue 120-3.1 says members shall be paid for subsistence while in session. It’s $104 dollars a day. They get a check every Thursday. That’s in addition to […]

  • Protect your baby monitor from being hacked

    It’s happened all over the country. You hear a voice in your house and you don’t know who it is. Only to discover, it’s coming from the baby monitor. How do computer hackers break in and take control? Giovanni Masucci is a digital forensic examiner.  He’s the guy law enforcement hires when they need to track down a computer hacker. FOX8 On Your Side asked him to hack into a family’s baby monitor system. Of course, we asked their permission […]

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    Websites dedicated to freebies

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The word “free” has always had a nice ring to it. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter has some websites that are all about free stuff. Consumer Reports said these are their favorites: Freeflys.com is great for personal care items. Heyitsfree.net has an excellent free on your birthday section. Hunt4freebies.com  has a variety of offers. Follow @hunt4freebies on Twitter to see their very latest offers. Icravefreebies.com is great for beauty products. Remember these websites want to market […]

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    FOX8 On Your Side investigates the NC foster care system

    A FOX8 On Your Side investigation found that North Carolina rejects funding that would put more children with relatives instead of placing them in foster homes. Melissa Painter spoke with one grandmother whose grandchildren were in foster care for months before being adopted outside the family. Now, she has no idea where they are located. Find out more in our FOX8 On Your Side investigation.

  • FOX8 On Your Side investigates the financing of nursing homes

    Some of the lowest-rated nursing homes in our state are located right here in the Piedmont. And they receive millions of your tax dollars to stay in business. So why do the feds keep  pouring your money into these nursing homes? And what can be done to change it? Find out in our FOX8 On Your Side investigation.

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