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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
  • Condemned Reidsville home remains an eyesore, neighbor fights back

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — It’s a historic neighborhood where you need permission to simply paint your house a new color, but there’s one house in that district that doesn’t even met minimum housing codes in the city of Reidsville. FOX8 first saw the property in April 2014. We recently visited again and it looks the same. The city of Reidsville condemned it in January with an order to demolish the house on Irvin Street. It’s something for which the next door […]

  • State does not give inspection score to tanning salons

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Visit a tanning salon and you may notice something missing: an inspection score from the state. Lori Shelton owns The Tan Line in High Point. She has maintained a tanning salon license with the state for more than a decade. That license is required by North Carolina law and it comes with unannounced inspections. The inspection covers this list of 26 criteria and Lori tells us The Tan Line has always done well, but there’s no […]

  • Balloon Bonanza put to the Deal or Dud test

    FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter put the Balloon Bonanza to the Deal or Dud test.

  • Winston-Salem woman says she was fired for family

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Lisa Belanger and her husband are foster parents to two boys. She loves being a mom, but also enjoyed her full-time job as the assistant manager at an apartment complex in Winston-Salem. She tells FOX8 that in two-and-a-half years of working for the company, she never received a reprimand and rarely took a sick day. She was committed to her job, but that didn’t stop her employer from firing her. In a text message conversation, Lisa’s boss […]

  • Bluetooth Remote Selfie Monopod put to the Deal or Dud test

    FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter put the Bluetooth Remote Selfie Monopod to the Deal or Dud test.

  • 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 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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