Melissa Payne

Melissa Payne joined WHNT News 19 as a reporter in December 2011 after working as a weekend anchor and reporter at KDLT News in Sioux Falls, SD. Before heading south, Melissa also worked as a reporter at News 25 in Evansville, IN. Now, Melissa is ready to explore all of northern Alabama, as she covers the Shoals for WHNT News 19.

Melissa spent her college years cheering on the Cardinals at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While at Ball State, Melissa studied telecommunications and reported and anchored for NewsLink Indiana.

Melissa also interned at WTVW in Evansville, Indiana and WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Always ready for an adventure, Melissa studied abroad in the Ghana for five months. Melissa says her experience in the African country was truly eye opening and humbling.

"This experience was more challenging than I ever expected, but I was excited to stretch myself to new lengths, step outside my comfort zone, and experience a culture so different than my own," said Payne.

While abroad, Melissa traveled all over West Africa, visiting rural villages, meeting tribal chiefs, and volunteering her time with Planting Technology International, a non-profit organization that builds computer labs and donates computers to schools in rural villages.

As a reporter, Melissa wants to tell the stories that mean the most to you. You can e-mail her your story ideas, and for news updates throughout the day, you can follow Melissa on Twitter: @melissapayn

Recent Articles

  • Division II Championship Committee Needs Ticket Sales For Competitive Bid

    Posted on: 7:48 pm, September 10, 2013, by , updated on: 11:10pm, September 10, 2013

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The right to host the Division II national championship is up for grabs.  The game has...
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  • Counterfeit Bills Circulate Through Shoals

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, September 5, 2013, by , updated on: 10:48pm, September 5, 2013

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) -Florence Police say counterfeit bills are circulating around the Shoals. According to investigators, one woman was caught...
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  • Tuscumbia Police Confiscate Thousands of Stolen Prescription Pills

    Posted on: 8:41 pm, September 4, 2013, by , updated on: 10:20pm, September 4, 2013

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) Tuscumbia police get a big break in several pharmacy burglaries.  Investigators confiscated thousands of dollars’ worth of...
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  • Possible Grave Robbery Interrupted in Limestone County Cemetery

    Posted on: 9:20 pm, September 3, 2013, by , updated on: 10:40pm, September 3, 2013

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) Fresh dirt at a cemetery isn’t too out of the ordinary, after a recent burial.  However,...
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  • Coon Dogs Honored At Labor Day Ceremony

    Posted on: 2:30 pm, September 2, 2013, by , updated on: 06:52pm, September 2, 2013

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – For many hunters, a good coon dog becomes part of the family.  Hundreds of people...
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  • UNA Students Swap Shirts to Promote the Pride

    Posted on: 4:00 pm, August 30, 2013, by , updated on: 08:06pm, August 30, 2013

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) It’s out with the old, and in with new for students at the University of North Alabama....
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  • Division II National Championship Up For Bid: Leaders Want to “Keep It In the Shoals”

    Posted on: 3:36 pm, August 29, 2013, by , updated on: 08:16pm, August 29, 2013

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  A 27 year tradition in Florence could be making a move. The Division II national championship...
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  • Tuscumbia Police Dedicated To Cold Case On Year Anniversary

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, August 28, 2013, by , updated on: 10:39pm, August 28, 2013

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – On the evening of August 28th, 2012, Tuscumbia Police was on the scene of a deadly...
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  • Lauderdale County Drug Task Force Busts Meth Lab

    Posted on: 1:21 pm, August 28, 2013, by , updated on: 01:29pm, August 28, 2013

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lauderdale County Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant at 1387 Co Rd 143 in...
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    Dozens of shake and bake meth labs confiscated.
  • Family: Girl Saves 4-Year-Old Brother From Dog Attack

    Posted on: 9:22 pm, August 27, 2013, by , updated on: 08:33am, August 28, 2013

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – An amazing story of childhood bravery out of the Shoals:  an 8-year-old is credited with saving...
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  • Definition of Junk Expands In Muscle Shoals

    Posted on: 9:55 pm, August 26, 2013, by , updated on: 10:50pm, August 26, 2013

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Muscle Shoals is taking a tough look at trash. The city council stiffened it`s junk...
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  • Enrollment Soars At Florence City Schools

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, August 23, 2013, by , updated on: 04:10pm, August 23, 2013

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – More students than ever are walking through the halls of Florence City School’s eight campuses. This...
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