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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
  • 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, 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.

  • Baseboard Buddy put to the Deal or Dud test

    Baseboards can be a pain to clean, but one item hopes to relieve those frustrations. The Baseboard Buddy is made to conform to any baseboard. FOX8 On Your Side Consumers reporter Melissa Painter put the Baseboard Buddy to the Deal or Dud test. Is it a deal or a dud? Find out in today’s segment.

  • Trampoline park injuries

    Luke was really excited to visit a local trampoline park, but that excitement quickly faded. A worker gave him the OK to jump and when he did, the airbag was not inflated properly and Luke fell down to the cement floor, injuring his back and causing a concussion. He’s doing better but is fortunate because of the way he landed. FOX8 On Your Side wondered how often these injuries happen. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission said in 2015, there were […]

  • WOW! Long Lasting Lip Color put to the Deal or Dud test

    Putting on makeup is a long and tedious process, but one that deserves to be done to perfection. Well, the WOW! Long Lasting Lip Color is designed to keep your lip color showing longer. FOX On Your Side Consumers reporter Melissa Painter puts the item to the Deal or Dud test. Is it a deal or a dud? Find out in today’s segment.

  • Complaints filed against grill company in Asheboro leads to larger investigation

    Southern BBQ Pits is an Asheboro grill business that has an F rating, according to the Better Business Bureau. They’ve gotten 14 complaints from customers who have paid the owner, Willie Freeman, hundreds of dollars but say they didn’t get the custom smokers they ordered. Now, people from all over the country are saying they ordered a grill from Freeman and haven’t received their product. Learn more in today’s FOX On Your Side.

  • Woman warning others about medical training company

    Jalessa Whitmore already works in health care but wanted to expand her options. “I wanted to be able to do something different outside of what I`m already doing so I figured that would be a quick program I could do outside of work,” she said. So, she signed up for an EKG and phlebotomy technician class with Brite-Sun Health Training. The company also does business as Carolina Allied Health Training. In total, the class was $1,500. Just one day before class was […]

  • Easy-to-use DMV website

      What comes to mind when you think of the DMV? Probably long lines; and North Carolina officials know people don’t want to stand in line. That’s why our state developed an easy-to-use website. Now what could take a long time can only take a few minutes — such as renewing your license and registration. And a lot of people are using it. Since 2015, more than 600,000 people and other businesses are taking advantage of the website.   Learn more […]

  • FixnZip put to the Deal or Dud test

    Do you have a jacket with a broken zipper? Well, the FixnZip is designed to help you fix your old zippers! But, does the invention actually work? FOX On Your Side Consumers reporter Melissa Painter puts the FixnZip to the Deal or Dud test. Is it a deal or a dud? Find out in today’s segment.