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.
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting their first child. The CEO of Facebook made the announcement while at the same time starting a new dialog about the trials and tribulations of having a baby.
With no BART service from Oakland to San Francisco this weekend, it will be tough getting get across the bay this weekend.
Officials say an elderly woman behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla accidentally hit and killed her husband on Wednesday.
Some are wondering why it took utility crews so long to cap a transmission line break that wasted 15 million gallons of water.
The sudden closure of a Castro Valley preschool is leaving parents scrambling to find a new place for their children.