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.
An altercation between bicyclists participating in San Francisco's Critical Mass and the driver of a car was caught on camera. But police say they can't do anything about it.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina badly damaged New Orleans, UC Berkeley continues a volunteer program to help rebuild the city.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he will sign a bill to rescue nearly 5,000 high school students who couldn't graduate this year because the state canceled a required exit exam.
The Oakland Unified School welcomed students back Monday, as well as dozens newly hired teachers, which nearly closed the district's hiring gap.
The issue of warning customers about the possible dangerous levels of radiation was back in court due to the cellphone industry lawsuit against the city of Berkeley.