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.
Residents across the Bay Area looked for ways to keep cool as temperatures soared throughout the region on Friday.
On Thursday a group of protestors, mostly Chinese-Americans, marched into San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar's office demanding an end to a proposed residential surtax.
An infant is thriving after a team of doctors at Stanford performed a rare procedure while he was still in his mother's womb.
In November, San Francisco will vote on a measure to tax sugary drinks 2 cents per ounce.
An emergency evacuation occurred Friday at the Oakland Police Department headquarters after a foul odor was detected coming from the HVAC system.