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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 morning show.

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 four Emmy awards and won two Associated Press awards.
Melissa has served on the board of directors for the Arts Council of High Point, Open Door Ministries and the High Point Community Foundation.

Melissa lives in High Point with her husband and their two daughters.


Recent Articles
  • Legal limbo for DWI cases

    You’d think if someone is charged with drunk driving and police have solid proof, that person would pay a major fine or serve time in jail. But that’s not the case in some counties of North Carolina. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter spent months investigating a loophole in the law that means no punishment for some drunk drivers.

  • Lawsuits claim Roundup causes cancer

    Roundup is one of the most used herbicides in the world, from large farm operations to backyard gardens. But leading researchers are raising alarms that it can lead to cancer. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter investigates.

  • Statistics show dramatic increase in drive-by shootings in Triad cities

    There are unfortunate stories of crime FOX8 covers day after day. The official law enforcement term: shooting into an occupied dwelling. You probably think of them as drive-bys. Whatever you call them, there are more and more happening. FOX8 On Your Side combed through the numbers and what we found is staggering. FOX8 compared the reported incidents from 2012 through 2016. Winston-Salem saw a 64 percent increase in reports of shootings into an occupied dwelling. In Burlington, a 200 percent […]

  • Keeping your car’s value high after damage, repairs

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Severe weather brings damage to our homes — and also to our vehicles. Costly repairs might keep costing you as North Carolina property tax adds up to big money in Guilford County. North Carolina pays a company called TEC Data Systems to determine the value of vehicles. They do that by analyzing how much cars sell for and they don’t know when your vehicle’s value is lowered by damage. To tell them, just visit your county’s […]

  • BarkBath put to the Deal or Dud test

    Our best friends, even the furry ones, deserve the best from us. Does a new way to bathe your dog fit that standard? FOX8 On Your Side puts the BarkBath to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Angry Mama microwave cleaner put to the Deal or Dud test

    Dried marinara sauce can be a pain to remove. But could a funny little product called the Angry Mama microwave cleaner help? FOX8’s Melissa Painter puts the Angry Mama to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Scams to watch out for this summer

    Scam artists are always looking for new ways to steal your money. These days they are getting more creative than ever before. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter has a look at the scams making the rounds this summer.

  • Why you should act quickly if you get an auto recall notice

    You get an auto recall in the mail — what do you do about it? Put it in drawer and say I’ll get to that later? Ignoring a recall puts your life at risk. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter explains why you should act and do it quickly.

  • Knowing the best time to buy affordable plane tickets

    Buying plane tickets can be an expensive endeavor, but there is a trick to knowing the best time to purchase your trip. Looking at data from almost three million trips and 921 million airfares, Cheapair.com figured out when you should buy your plane ticket for a flight in the United States. The magic number? 54 days before take off. The study found that buying the ticket too early can actually cost you money as tickets purchased three to six months […]

  • Scottevest put to the Deal or Dud test

    Getting ready for a fun getaway by land or air? Forget lugging around a bulky carry on. Now you can wear your stuff instead. But how well does it really work? FOX8’s Melissa Painter puts the Scottevest to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Look closely at tuition costs when making college decision

    It’s college decision time. Students choosing the place they’ll soon call home. The cost of that home at least for the next four years could be as much as buying a house. FOX8 On Your Side explains why you need to look closely at those tuition costs.

  • Smartphone Projector 2.0 put to the Deal or Dud test

    Kids are mesmerized by screens, but what if we could get them to lift their gaze? Smartphone Projector 2.0 is supposed to let you display your phone screen onto a smooth and flat surface — with up to eight times the magnification. FOX8 On Your Side Consumers reporter Melissa Painter put the Smartphone Projector 2.0 to the Deal or Dud test. Is it a deal or a dud? Find out in today’s segment.