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.
The last minute rush is on in the Bay Area as people are out buying last minute goods for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast.
There is heightened security at Bay Area airports after the state department issued a new travel alert, which is causing longer lines during the busy Thanksgiving travel period.
A UC Berkeley White Student Union Facebook page received more than 900 likes in the few days that it was up and also created a lot of controversy.
The Golden State Warriors are just three games away from breaking the record for the longest perfect start of the season. They are 13-0 and Warriors hysteria is back.
An anti-refugee statement made by the mayor of Roanoke in Virginia has sparked outraged among the Japanese American community here in the Bay Area and across the country.