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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
  • Many local schools have added door buzz-in systems

    In February, FOX8 told you that at least 47 Guilford County Schools did not have buzz-in security systems at the main entrance. All elementary and middle schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth, Davidson and Alamance counties have the security measures in place. After our story aired, that’s quickly changing in Guilford County. The number is down to 20 Guilford County schools that currently do not have the door buzz-in system. GCS Chief Operations Officer Scott McCully says, “as parents arrive in August, they […]

  • Domestic violence initiative helps victims in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — On average, High Point police get 5,000 calls for domestic violence every year. It’s a crime that can bring deadly consequences. Ten years ago, one third of the murders in High Point happened during domestic violence. Law enforcement knew that something had to change. “If you were the victim of a burglary at home it would be the equivalent of us telling you to keep your house from getting broken into again, you need to leave […]

  • A look at how guns impact domestic violence situations locally

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — North Carolina is one of 15 states that requires offenders under a domestic violence restraining order to turn over their guns to law enforcement. Lt. Cheryl Nance with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office takes that seriously. “If we rise to the level of probable cause, we will also get a search warrant and pursue that. If we get a defendant saying I don’t have one or it’s someone else we aren’t going to be satisfied with […]

  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools concerned over new trend called ‘juuling’

    Juuling is a way to vape nicotine but it looks more like a USB drive. Juuls come in fruity flavors. They have become popular with high school students even though in North Carolina, you must be 18 to buy them. FOX8 On Your Side spoke with 17-year-old Elijah Harvey who told us that a lot of his friends use Juuls. He knows of students who vape at school. “People do it in class with the larger classrooms with 30 to […]

  • Wake Forest remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historical visit, speech

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Only months after Wake Forest College admitted its first black student in 1962, the college invited Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak on campus. It was 30 years later that Susan Faust, an instructor and researcher Wake Forest University’s Department of Communication, found a recording of Dr. King’s speech. “It was very, very exciting. That idea of knowing over 30 years it had not been heard by anybody and that I was putting it to paper […]

  • Initiative helps eliminate inappropriate opioid prescribing by medical providers

    We trust our physicians to treat our pain, but what happens when one causes it? The North Carolina Medical Board implemented the Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative as a proactive measure to check on medical providers writing prescriptions for opioids. Jean Brinkley is the board’s communications director. “it gives the board the opportunity to intervene. Again, it is proactive as opposed to reactive,” Brinkley said. “Instead of waiting to see if a complaint from a patient or from a family member […]

  • Some Guilford County elementary schools lack buzz-in systems at entrances

    FOX8 On Your Side is asking questions about why some schools don’t have buzz-in systems at their entrances. All elementary schools in Forsyth County have the system that locks the front door and requires a visitor to press a button to be allowed inside. “It’s money well spent to know who comes in and out the door,” Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Director of Security Jonathon Wilson said. “The worst-case scenario for me is not knowing who is in the building.” Buzz-in security systems were […]

  • Magnetic Eyelashes put to the Deal or Dud test

    FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts the 3 Second Lash Magnetic Eyelashes to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Testing for lead in water at schools

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Local public utilities test sources that provide water to schools but they are not required to test inside every school or daycare in North Carolina. Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools tested at the tap of every school anyway. “The goal behind this was to make sure that once city water entered through our facilities, we didn’t have any piping or solder joints that may leach any potential toxins that lead to water that is unsafe for our students,” […]

  • Brooklyn Brownie Copper put to the Deal or Dud test

    FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts the Brooklyn Brownie Copper to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Understanding the CLUE report

    Auto and home insurance occupy a noticeable portion of most family budgets but have you noticed a report that determines how much you pay? It’s called the CLUE report. FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter explains what CLUE stands for and how you can get a copy of your report for free.

  • Why are North Carolina courts so far behind in technology?

    The North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice found that each year, across our state, more than four miles of shelving is needed to maintain the paperwork for new court cases. In this day and age when we can FaceTime a friend across the world, why are North Carolina courts so far behind in technology? FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter investigates.