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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
  • On Your Side: Yellow Pages imposters

    The yellow pages have been around for so long that the name has become like Kleenex or Xerox. Some are taking advantage of that and it’s inconvenienced small businesses in the Piedmont Triad. Melissa Painter investigates.

  • FOX8 On Your Side: Spam text messages

    “Smishing” is the term given to phishing for information with text messages, and it is becoming a growing issue.  You’ve probably recieved one of those texts that claims you’ve won a gift card or computer.  As you may have figured out, they are not what they appear to be. FOX8 On Your Side explains what to do with those annoying spam texts.  

  • Live Deal of Dud: Ninja Kitchen System

    The Ninja Kitchen System promises to simplify your life in the kitchen.  It’s a device that claims to be an “all-in-one” system, meaning it can crush, blend and puree.  This morning, FOX8 on Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter tried it out live!  If you’d like to learn more about what Ninja can do, visit

  • Inspired Living: Blankets for the homeless

    An 8-year-old from Reidsville found inspiration in the most unlikely of places and it set the wheels in motion for a charitable project that warms the hearts of everyone who hears about it. Leah Travis noticed homeless people sleeping under several bridges that she passes riding with her mom Lisa on the way home every day. “One day we were riding under and Leah just pointed out that somebody was sleeping under the bridge.” Lisa Travis said. The conversation that […]

  • Black Friday Psychology

    Millions of Americans flock to stores every year during the holiday season to shop for gifts for their loved ones. But, how far is too far when it comes to spending this time of year? Psychologist Dr. David Gutterman blames stress for our sometimes out of control spending habits, especially when browsing those door busting Black Friday deals. “There`s going to be a tendency to overspend because you get a little rush. I got a great deal. Better than expected. […]

  • Pet insurance: Is it worth it?

    As much as we love our pet, caring for them is expensive. But it’s caused many pet owners to look into pet insurance. FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reported Melissa Painter takes a look at whether or not it is worth it.

  • Melissa Painter puts 'Perfect Tortilla' to Deal or Dud test (WGHP)

    Melissa Painter puts ‘Perfect Tortilla’ to Deal or Dud test

    Can today’s $10 Deal or Dud product make your family’s dinner a little healthier? The “Perfect Tortilla” promises to turn a tortilla into a taco shell with no deep fryer required. FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reported Melissa Painter put the product to the test in this edition of Deal or Dud.

  • Deal or Dud: Strutz

    Deal or Dud: Strutz

    Does a long day at work end with achy feet? It’s a common complaint, but there is not much we can do about it — or is there? FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts “Strutz” to the test in this edition of Deal or Dud.

  • Go Jo

    Deal or Dud: Go Jo Hands-free

    Bluetooth works great — it lets you talk on your cell phone hands free. Some earpieces can be a little expensive but the Go Jo Hands-free promises the convenience without the cost. FOX8’s Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter finds out if the device really lives up to the hype. To try the Go Jo for yourself, you can buy it online at

  • How to claim money in NC’s unclaimed property fund

    According to North Carolina’s State Treasurer Janet Cowell, nearly one million people in North Carolina have money waiting for them in the North Carolina Unclaimed Property Fund. “One in eight North Carolinians has a claim,” said Cowell, with the average claim being nearly $1,400. The fund is comprised of stocks, bonds, insurance policies, and wages that have gone unclaimed. “Sometimes people who move a lot… their zip code gets switched… you forget you had that lock box, things happen. After […]

  • Clear cast

    Deal or Dud: Clear Cast Antenna

    Thinking about cutting the cord — the cable cord? Cable bills take up a significant portion of some families monthly budget, but the Clear Cast antenna may give you the channels you want, for free. FOX8’s On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts it to the Deal or Dud test. You can check the Clear Cast Antenna at

  • Zeal Solutions

    On Your Side: Zeal Solutions

    A Greensboro woman found charges showing up on her checking account from a company she never heard of. After investigating the company, she found out hundreds of others had the same problem. FOX8’s On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter looked into the problem and explains what to watch out for. Melissa Painter reports.