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.
Friday there was strong criticism coming from President Barack Obama for the way Sony has dealt with the hacking crisis.
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San Francisco made its pitch for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to representatives of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The rainfall was steady on Monday in San Francisco; and compared to last week's big storm, it brought only minor damage and flooding.
Following the nearly unprecedented move to cancel school for a strong rainstorm, parents say they had mixed feelings about having their kids return on Friday.