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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.

Recent Articles
  • 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 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 […]

  • Do you have unclaimed property or cash in North Carolina? Here’s how to find out

    A check for almost $5,000 made out to Hospice of Davidson County — that’s a lot of money for a nonprofit organization, especially when this donation came out of the blue. This money was unclaimed property sitting in the state treasurer`s office. NC State Treasurer Dale Folwell says there are nearly 11 million records of things that belong to people that total over $700 million dollars. The unclaimed property is turned over to the state treasurer after a company loses […]

  • Students in Winston-Salem put ‘Cozmo’ toy robot to Deal or Dud challenge

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Cozmo is a small robot that promises to play games with you, even recognize your face and say your name. FOX8 asked the robotics team at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County’s Downtown School to help us decide if Cozmo is a deal or a dud. To use Cozmo you need an IOS or android device because the robot operates from an app. Cozmo comes with a charger and three play cubes that he’s synced up to. Cozmo is ready to […]

  • State regulations determine who can buy medical imaging machines

    During Susan Chester’s mammogram, her doctor saw something suspicious and referred her for second round of diagnostic imaging including an ultrasound. Thankfully, that testing showed Chester no problems. Her health scare was over, but Chester says that’s when the money trouble began. “It was $700 more or less out of pocket after insurance that I had to pay and I know other women who are having a similar experience and feel like it discourages women from having their mammograms,” Chester said. […]

  • MirrorMate put to the Deal or Dud test

    FOX8 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Melissa Painter puts the MirrorMate to the Deal or Dud test.

  • State lawmakers respond after lead found in water at Guilford County Schools

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — After Joy Thomas saw our story about lead found in the water at Southeast Guilford Middle School, she took her son to the doctor to have him tested for lead toxicity. Thankfully, the tests showed he was okay but Thomas is not satisfied. “I’m sure that one faucet isn’t the only old faucet so why aren’t they testing the other ones?” Thomas said. With the help of Greensboro Water Resources, Guilford County Schools only took one […]

  • Questions about what’s next after lead found in water at three Guilford County Schools

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – In February, Greensboro Water Resources worked with Guilford County Schools to collect water samples at all schools and test them for lead. They only tested water from one faucet in each school. Tests showed water samples at three schools had high levels of lead. Water Resources traced the problem to the actual faucets so GCS replaced them: one at Southeast Middle, Frazier and Allen Jay and sent parents a robocall saying the water was safe. But […]

  • No further testing planned at Guilford County Schools after lead found in water

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Alice McCall teaches science at a high school in Guilford County. She saw FOX8 On Your Side’s story about high lead levels in the water at three Guilford County schools and told us she thinks more testing across the school district is needed. McCall said, “A little more methodology in the testing should be warranted, maybe not just one sink, maybe the water fountains on a systematic basis, not just one time?” The voluntary water testing […]

  • Tests find significantly high levels of lead in water at 3 Guilford County schools

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Many of our children attend school in buildings with old pipes and that puts them at risk of exposure to lead in their drinking water. But most school systems wouldn’t know it because they aren’t looking for it. That’s slowly changing. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools was first to test for lead in their school water last year. This year Guilford County Schools partnered with Greensboro Water Resources. They collected water samples at each school to test for […]

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