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 Asociacin 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.
Three current and former University of California, Berkeley students have filed a lawsuit accusing school administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and issue punishment.
Investigators arrived at a home in Oakland Thursday looking at a possible new lead in the disappearance of Kristen Modafferi who went missing nearly 20 years ago.
Contra Costa County Animal Services is investigating after a 14-year-old dog named Gino that had been reported missing was found dead in a canal with his hind legs bound.
eBay, Amazon and Etsy are among the retailers that have banned Confederate flag sales saying, their decision is consistent with their policy which prohibits items that promote or glorify hatred.
Pixar's animated film "Inside Out," about a young girl who learns to deal with five of her personified emotions, has been an eye opener for parents who try to emotionally rescue their kids.