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 65-year-old woman was killed in a shooting that also injured two men Wednesday morning in San Francisco's Oceanview neighborhood.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities that do not comply with federal law during a rare appearance at White House press briefing.
Hillary Clinton gave the closing keynote address at Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference in San Francisco
California would have lost billions in federal funds that have helped low-income families if the GOP health care bill had passed.
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