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 Asociación 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.
There were a few minor confrontations between the U.C. Berkeley Campus Republicans and anti-Trump protesters on campus Friday following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The Oakland Catholic Diocese announced the closing of five beloved and affordable Catholic schools in the North Oakland area. Parents, teachers and students are reacting to the abrupt change.
Public works crews are standing by in San Francisco in case the latest round of wind and rain triggers mudslides and topples trees.
School districts are bracing for student walkouts on Friday as hundreds of Oakland and Berkeley high school students are planning to join a march to Cal, where students there will join them.
Celebration Train carries hundreds of passengers to march in San Francisco on Martin Luther King Jr. Day