Melissa Payne

Melissa Payne

News Anchor

Jackson, MS

Melissa Faith Payne is the evening news anchor for WLBT and Fox 40 News.

Melissa was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and graduated from Alcorn State University.

Her first television job sent her to Salt Lake City, Utah where she worked as a producer. She then returned to Mississippi, where she took a job as an anchor and reporter at WMDN in Meridian.

Within two years, Melissa began working at WJTV in Jackson. A seasoned and award winning journalist, she's covered a wide range of stories, including Hurricane Katrina, the Frank Melton trial and the Avis Banks case.

No stranger to the public eye, Melissa once appeared on "Touched by An Angel" and even filmed a pilot for a TV show called "The Dewzy House."

A former beauty queen, Melissa was crowned Miss Vicksburg and was a Top Ten finalist in the Miss Utah USA pageant.

She was also featured in Ebony Magazine where she was described as an "Anchor with Style". In 2010 she was named "News Personality of the Year".

Melissa has four young sons; Myles, Mason, Maxwell and Matthew.

When Melissa isn't bringing you the latest headlines, she likes to spend time with her family, cook, read and hit the gym.


  • Alcorn State University

Recent Articles by Melissa Faith

  Surviving Motherhood: Having it all

  Surviving Motherhood: How one woman’s passions helped her become a better mom

  MISSISSIPPI STRONG: Local family turns heartbreak into happiness in memory of loved one lost to cancer

  ‘To know him is to absolutely love him’: WLBT and Fox 40 News pays tribute to beloved anchor Mike Sands

Beloved Fox 40 anchor Mike Sands ends long battle with cancer at 34

  Residents file lawsuit against City of Jackson over high water bills

  Impeachment process: What happens next?

City of Jackson granted temporary restraining order against Zoological Society

Jackson man needs help finding beloved missing horse

  Backwater flooding seeps into Onward community

  Survival Strategies Part Two: How to escape

  Survival Strategies: Putting survival techniques to the test

  Mayor Lumumba working to bring real-time crime center to city of Jackson

  Former Callaway standout, Breeland Speaks, prepares for his first NFL playoff

  Jackson chef offers tips on how to successfully ease into a healthier lifestyle

  Toy Testers: 2018′s hottest toys for your kids

  Fox 40 Special Report: Digital Discounts Part II

  Fox 40 Special Report: Digital Discounts

No death penalty for woman convicted in 81-year-old's murder

A year later, Kingston Frazier's mother talks about the loss of her child

Kingston Frazier: A Year Later

FOX 40 SPECIAL REPORT: Why can't we be faithful?

Mississippi soldier's reaction caught on camera as he watches daughter's birth via FaceTime

SPOOF PROOF: Can your wireless carrier stop the spam?

6 MONTHS LATER: Suspects in Kingston Frazier murder set to go before grand jury

EXCLUSIVE: Miss MS USA ready to make a difference at Miss USA pageant

Two Mississippi women ride out Hurricane Irma in Haiti

8-year-old commits suicide two days after alleged bullying

Mississippi high schooler's prom outfit goes viral

Super Bowl party planning