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.
Flooding wasn't an issue in Marin County, but mudslides were - they forced roads to close on Monday.
It was both a protest and a strike as some workers decided to participate in 'A Day Without Immigrants' as a way to show their presence in this country.
The massive amount of debris is creating problems for ferry boats and other vessels. Cleanup has been underway, but the reality is that crews can't work fast enough to remove all of the stuff left by the storms.
Two months after the deadly Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, another artist build caught fine just three blocks away.
Recent storms have filled up cisterns at San Francisco schools district-wide with over 20, 000 gallons of rainwater.