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.
Some restaurants near Super Bowl City in San Francisco are reporting their business has been cut in half, with some saying they can't wait for the Super Bowl to go away.
A new documentary produced in the Bay Area is resonating with parents and opening a serious dialog about the effects of too much screen time.
With a large event like the Super Bowl comes heavy added security not usually seen in the Bay Area.
A policy committee inside the San Francisco Unified School District will discuss if condoms should be made available to students as young as the sixth grade.
For football fans of any age there are a lot of different things to see and do at the NFL Experience at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.