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 Asociaci?n 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.
UC Berkeley expects 750 more students than usual will need housing next year and is struggling to find a place to put everyone.
The same people behind the movie "Milk" - Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black -- have started filming an ABC miniseries about the LGBT rights movement in San Francsico.
Police are searching for a Hispanic man accused of fatally shooting one man and injuring another at Orange Memorial Park in South San Francisco Monday afternoon.
School districts have gone from handing out pink slips to now scrambling to find much needed teachers. And now the Pittsburg Unified School District is taking action to lure teachers their way.
The Vacaville Unified School District is considering starting classes later after research revealed students suffer consequences if they don't get enough sleep.