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.


Recent Articles
  • Bacon Bonanza put to the Deal or Dud test

    Bacon Bonanza promises to help you cook perfect crispy oven bacon without the grease! FOX8 asked registered dietician Barb Andresen to help us cook up a batch of bacon. The instructions recommend a cooking temperature of 400 degrees. They all tell you to make sure you put the bacon slices with the fat side up in the rack. Then bake for 20-30 minutes. We ended up cooking the rack of bacon for 26 minutes. The fat is cooked but the […]

  • Here’s what you need to know about consumer scores

    Most of us have a credit score. That’s a number based on your credit report and an analysis of your spending and debt. That score is used to determine how creditworthy you are. What about a consumer score? Most likely, you have one but you don’t know what it is. FOX8 On Your Side talked with Lachelle Yates, with the Better Business Bureau, about these new consumer scores. “It seems to be based on the number of products we’ve returned […]

  • Spread That butter knife put to the Deal or Dud test

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — At Baked Just SO in Winston-Salem, the owner and pastry chef, Stacey O. Milner, is known for her delicious cinnamon buns. FOX8 asked Milner to help us try out Spread That. It’s a serrated, warming butter knife. It’s made from a material that is supposed to use your body heat to help you carve and easily spread butter. Milner washed her hands with warm water and tried spreading cold butter on a biscuit. “I’m not loving that. […]

  • Retailers getting ready for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping rush

    Tis the season to shop! You can find plenty of good deals online, but retailers want you to actually visit their stores this week. That’s why they offer steep discounts on products known as doorbusters. It doesn’t stop there. Retailers have grown savvy to what we really want — a good shopping experience. The National Retail Federation reports that shoppers between the ages of 18 and 34 are most likely to head out for Black Friday shopping. Hanes Mall in […]

  • Local woman warning other after being scammed on Facebook

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro’s Lakeesha Rice already had plenty of fans on Facebook, but things really took off when she competed on Sunday’s Best. “I started getting all of the notifications that more people were following me and I was like, ‘oh shoot!’” she said. She ended up with more than 100,000 people following her Facebook page and watching the videos of her singing. Rice turned it into a business. “You can actually monetize your videos on Facebook,” she said. […]

  • Erase Your Face makeup-removing cloth put to the Deal or Dud test

    Erase Your Face is a cloth that promises to remove all cosmetics — even waterproof mascara — without any cleansers. It comes with four cloths that you wash first before using. The cloths are made from polyester and feel soft. First, I wet it with warm water and then wipe my right eyelashes that are coated with waterproof mascara. I can feel it tugging at my eye but the cloth quickly removes the makeup. It does not take much effort. […]

  • How to spot sweepstakes scams

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — The Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol was in town and FOX8 was along for the ride. The official prize ambassadors really do deliver those big checks to winners of the free PCH online sweepstakes and games. “We just have a great job. We go all over the country giving prizes making people happy!” Dave Sayor said. One lucky lady in Lexington found out how real this prize is as the Prize Patrol knocked on her door with […]

  • Greensboro woman warns others about companies overcharging for medical equipment

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Angela Scott cares for her husband, Ron, full-time at their home in Greensboro. He suffers from a serious neurological disease. Insurance provided a full electric bed for their home, but there was a lapse in coverage and Angela was told the electric bed was being taken away unless she bought it. She told FOX8, “the medical equipment company said you can keep the current bed for your husband for $2,100 and I just stopped!” She quickly did […]

  • No Sweat Liner put to the Deal or Dud test

    No Sweat is a disposable hat that liner that promises to wick away moisture from your brow. Tyler Goode is a CrossFit athlete who is putting it to the Deal or Dud test. Just peel off the adhesive strips and tuck the No Sweat liner around the interior front of your hat and adjust for fit as you go. Tyler builds up a good sweat and during this workout, and the liner did not budge. Best of all, Tyler told […]

  • Most local school districts don’t require bus drivers to be CPR certified

    State law does not require school bus drivers to be CPR certified. FOX8 found only a few school districts in our area choose to make CPR certification mandatory to work as a bus driver. Those are Davidson County, Lexington, Stokes County and Mount Airy schools. Here’s the list of school districts that do not require it: Guilford, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, Surry, Thomasville, Yadkin, Rockingham, Asheboro, Alamance/Burlington, Randolph and Wilkes. Where your child goes to school determines what kind of training your […]

  • Loophole in NC law allows many child care programs to be unregulated

    FOX8 discovered not all childcare centers are regulated by the state. The state does not require childcare programs that are open four hours or less a day to be regulated. You can find this legislation in Chapter 110 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Daycares and preschools that serve students for more than four hours a day must meet dozens of guidelines to earn a required license but that all goes away if they close their doors after four hours. […]

  • What you need to know about CBD oil in North Carolina

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mary Haglund worked for decades as a chef and her body won’t let her forget it. “I’m 65 and my work has been very physical and I have a lot of pain issues,” Haglund said. For relief, she finally turned to CBD oil. She said, “I used to take tons of supplements to help these issues and now I’m down to this. It’s pretty amazing.” Haglund buys CBD oil from Adam Combs, the owner of Camel City […]

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