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Melanie Payne

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Fort Myers, FL
Columnist — 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 — 887 followers, 587 tweets

Oct 17, 2017

RT @FarrahFazal: There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it  http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/health/puerto-rico-hospital-ship/index.html 

Oct 17, 2017

#Floridaman - Son fleeces parents, leaves mom in nursing home and dad at the funeral home  http://newspr.es/2zcIQ8j  via @thenewspress

Oct 06, 2017

Headed for the hoosegow: Disbarred attorney J. Patrick Buckley denied bail  http://newspr.es/2yNfxJh  via @thenewspress

Oct 01, 2017

RT @BBCJamesCook: BREAKING US Army says 55% of "customers" (1.87m people) on Puerto Rico have no drinking water, up from 44% (1.5m) in the…

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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.