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.
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was in Oakland Wednesday to push for technological equality and spoke with Oakland Tech High School students about pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Kids' Club, a state-funded preschool in Antioch may be forced to close, which would leave 300 children without a free preschool.
The school board in San Francisco will vote next Tuesday to make it harder for an out-of-town student to attend the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
Prosecutors announced Thursday that the San Jose State University police officer who killed Antonio Guzman Lopez will not be charged in his death.
San Francisco Animal Care & Control is asking the public to help identify the person who severely beat a dog and left it to die.