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.
A year ago, Dewanda Joseph of Richmond donated one of her kidneys to her nephew. She turned out to be a perfect match. One year later, they are celebrating Thanksgiving together and have much to say about the operation that brought them closer together.
When a kindergartner at a San Francisco school was diagnosed with cancer, her teacher went beyond the call of duty to help her learn how to read. It's a story you'll see only on ABC7 News.
San Francisco Unified School District and the teachers' union have tentatively agreed to a 12 percent raise over three years.
A window washer who fell 60 feet from a San Francisco high rise and the driver of the car he fell on, both survived a brush with death.
A group of students and activists have taken over Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley following a vote by a committee with the UC Board of Regents that supports a tuition increase.