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.
Teachers at Oakland Technical High School are pushing the school district to finally settle their contract in hopes of getting a salary increase of up to 17 percent.
What's better than Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd boys basketball team going to the state championship? Having both the boys and the girls team make it there this year!
A labor dispute at the West Coast ports has had a ripple effect on construction of high-rise buildings in downtown San Francisco that are waiting for their glass deliveries.
Officials approved an extension Tuesday to continue operating old wind turbines on the Altamont Pass, but environmentalists are opposed since the turbines have killed over 1,000 birds.
A 9-year-old boy is recovering after he fell 30 feet through a skylight at a school in Novato on Sunday.