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 large group of staunch supporters gathered in court to support four East Bay high school athletes accused of stealing drugs from a friend who is a drug dealer.
A nonprofit that's helped families in East Palo Alto for 40 years was left without a way to collect donated food after a thief stole batteries from their two vans.
A Bay Area company called Color Genomics has launched a new affordable genetic test that detects breast and ovarian cancer in women.
As Doctors Medical Center closes in San Pablo, a new urgent care facility opened nearby Monday to help serve some of the patients.
Doctors Medical Center has run out of money and will leave thousands of patients without a local hospital when it closes on April 21.