In 1999, Melendez won an Emmy and RTNDA for "Nicholas' Gift of Life," the story of a Bay Area boy whose organs were donated to seven Italian recipients. In 1992, she received the Latina Media Person of the Year Award from New York University, the Asociación de Cronistas de espectaculos Award for Reporter of the Year and the Outstanding Person in Communications Award from the Puerto Rican Institute of New York.
Melendez came from CNN-SPANISH in New York where she worked as a senior correspondent and substitute anchor. She's also worked at television stations in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She began her broadcasting career in 1984 as a production specialist at WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Melendez received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Alabama and a Master's degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Melendez has traveled to Somalia, Iraq, Central and South America, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on special assignments.
Melendez covers the AIDS and education beat in the Bay Area.
A search is underway for a third person connected to a shooting and stabbing that left one student dead and another injured in Novato.
A charter school in Richmond is facing opposition from some parents who don't want them to build a new school at the former site of Adams Middle School.
Governor Brown is getting a desperate plea for help from five East Bay mayors following yet another highway shooting.
Parents and teachers are demonstrating in support of a San Francisco elementary school teacher who spoke out against a district policy, which allows violent students to stay in class without getting suspended.
A vigil was held Monday for a 46-year-old Hayward man who died in police custody after being tased three times.