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
  • 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 […]

  • Price of insulin is on the rise

    About a hundred years ago, there was not a drug to treat diabetes. Manufactured insulin didn’t exist. It wasn’t until 1921 that researchers created it in the lab and saved millions of lives. Today, almost seven and a half million Americans need to take a prescription dose of insulin, but for many of them, the financial cost is going up. It was insulin that saved 8-year-old Addyson Greene’s life. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an annual exam […]

  • Special Children’s School in Winston-Salem teaches differently-abled children side by side

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — 5-year-old Eli runs and plays with friends but his parents say that was not always the case. His mother, Jennifer, said, at 18-month-old, the family’s pediatrician told her Eli’s language was not developing as it should. After years of monitoring, doctors diagnosed Eli with autism. Eli’s father Isaiah said, “ I was in denial but you have to face the fact and deal with it.” Jennifer told us, “It was like a big hit. I don’t think […]

  • Can the Dr. Jart Rubber Mask really give you clear skin? We put it to the Deal or Dud test

    Can the Dr. Jart Rubber Mask really give you clear skin? FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts it to the Deal or Dud test.  

  • How to make the most of rebate cards from companies like Duke Energy

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — When Bill Palmer bought a high-energy HVAC system for his house in Asheboro, he qualified for rebate programs through American Standard, Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy. He says American Standard and Piedmont Natural sent him checks that he cashed, but Duke Energy mailed him a Visa card for $525. That’s not what he wanted. You might have received a rebate in this form too. It probably arrived in the mail in a nondescript envelope that you […]

  • Revair put to the Deal or Dud test

    Blow your mind, not your hair! That’s the advertising line for Revair. It’s a new product that promises to dry and straighten hair simultaneously. FOX8 asked three volunteers with different hair textures to try it out. Annadell has wavy, slightly frizzy hair. Marty has very thick, straight hair. Kim has course, curly hair. Following the instructions, our volunteers start with clean, towel-dried hair. The instructions also say to set the speed and temperature on the Revair for your hair type. […]

  • Reasons behind bus driver shortage in the Piedmont Triad

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Shelby Moore has been driving a school bus for 22 years. She thinks it’s an honor to take children to school every day. “We have their lives in our hands. Our goal is to transport them safely and it’s a big responsibility,” Moore said. The government takes the responsibility seriously too. That’s why earning certification to become a bus driver is difficult. First, the North Carolina Department of Transportation verifies your driving and criminal records. Then you […]

  • Relay kids screenless smartphone put to the Deal or Dud test

    Plenty of kids want a cell phone and find their parents say, “Not yet.” There’s an alternative that might help. It’s called Relay. You could think of it as a walkie talkie, but it works on cellular signals or Wi-Fi. You can talk using Relay to Relay. There’s also an app to download to a smartphone that works like a Relay. This allows a parent to use their phone to talk with their child using the Relay. We asked father […]

  • Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University collaborate to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Two institutions of higher learning coming together year after year to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This college student knows — it’s what Dr. King’s dream was all about. Camryn Ivey is a student at Winston-Salem State University. She said, “For a historically black college and university, and a predominantly white institution to come together in this community, it’s very relevant for what’s going on in our country right now.” This is the 19th year for this annual collaboration […]

  • Wallet Buckle: Store your credit card in your … belt buckle?

    At music and sporting events, you may not want to carry a purse or bulky wallet. How about keeping your credit card and ID in a place most people would never suspect? Your belt buckle! The Wallet Buckle promises to securely hold up to four credit cards. You can even slide cash in there too. There are more than 195 styles from which to choose with prices starting at $35. You use the Wallet Buckle with any snap-on belt. To […]

  • Here’s an easy way to find — and share — amazing Christmas lights displays near you!

    Tis the season to decorate! For many people, one of the best parts of the holidays is seeing your neighborhood transformed by the loveliness of lights. Often times you’d love to see more! Many homeowners work hard on their Christmas displays and would like to share their joyful scenes. That’s where christmaslightfinder.com can help. You can submit your address to let others know about your light show! The owners of the website promise that they don’t sell your email address […]

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