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 Asociación 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.
There are hundreds of high school football teams in the Bay Area, but one is unique because all of their players are hard of hearing or deaf.
Oakland Unified School District Wednesday announced it will give each kindergarten student $100 to open a college fund.
The FBI arrested a Russian man wanted for criminal hacking attacks on U.S. targets. The most well-known occurred in 2012 and the corporation hacked was Mountain View-based LinkedIn.
Berkeley police are investigating two claims of sexual assault reported on the same night, both involving fraternity houses. Now, UC Berkeley students are being warned for precaution against personal safety.
Some San Francisco residents frustrated with the number of homeless encampments throughout the city are protesting by setting up their own tents in front of city hall.