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.
A Fresno man is accused of intentionally infecting other men in San Diego, Fresno, and perhaps San Francisco with HIV.
Building inspectors have completed their survey of Napa schools and have declared them safe to re-open.
Napa homeowners started cleaning up their homes and are in the process of surveying the damage left by Sunday's 6.0 earthquake.
A child who spent 20 days walking from El Salvador to the U.S. border with her mother spoke exclusively with ABC7 News at a vigil in San Francisco.
Two families touched by the gift of organ transplantation hope their story will encourage others to become donors.