Arizona Storytellers: Forest Melton

Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:22am
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Forest Melton shares his story at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix on Feb. 8, 2017.

KJZZ is partnering with the "Arizona Republic" to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them. Megan Finnerty is the creator of the series.

Forest Melton grew up in South Phoenix. He said it wasn’t a great neighborhood. Melton's parents didn’t like him and his siblings going outside alone because of gang activity.

One summer when he was 9-years-old, Melton was at home doing chores when his best friend came by. He convinced him to go ride bikes without their parents’ permission.

Melton decided to go. But when he got home, his dad was angry. He took Melton to where they were riding bikes and his dad made him crawl down the street on his hands and knees back to their house as punishment.

Forest Melton is a clinical research coordinator at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The next storytelling event is Thrusday, Sept. 28 at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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