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Melanie Payne

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Fort Myers, FL
Consumer and Investigative Reporter — Fort Myers News-Press
Covers:  corruption investigation, consumer protection, scam, charities and anything tax-exempt, public spending

Saving the world one ripped-off consumer at a time.

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Biography

Columnist Melanie Payne investigates scams, corruption and bad deals, doling out advice and opinions on consumer issues every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday in The News-Press and at news-press.com/tellmel. Melanie is active in the community, volunteering for various community groups and tutoring at...

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@TellMel — 896 followers, 592 tweets

Consultant hired by city says arsenic contamination not its fault or responsibility. "What a surprise," said no one…  https://twitter.com/i/web/status/953665077349007361 
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Have you ever used a typewriter?

Of course, don't let this baby face fool you.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

I don't have one. But I do have a favorite journalist who wrote fiction -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

What's your favorite social network?

I'll admit it, I love Facebook. Reporters move a lot and without Facebook I would have lost touch with many of my friends and colleagues.

Awards

Society of Professional Jourinalists - Florida

Diversity
First Place, Dreaming in Color -- Segregation, Integration and Race Relations in Fort Myers 50 years after the March on Washington.