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Lyanne Melendez
Lyanne Melendez joined ABC7 in June 1994 as a general assignment reporter. Melendez brings years of experience to ABC7 along with numerous honors and awards which reflect her accomplished career.

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.

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The man suspected of running down a San Francisco police officer pleaded not guilty Friday in court. The suspect who calls himself Willie Flanigan has been charged with attempted murder, among other charges.
Two East Bay colleges have come up with an unusual solution to some of their challenges -- joining forces.
Animals somehow managed to stay alive after a raging wildfire devoured their owner's home in Santa Rosa.
A tech company in the North Bay was affected by the devastating wildfire that ripped through Santa Rosa. ABC7's Lyanne Melendez was at 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, which is listed as the address of Keysight Technologies.
Crews are working to extinguish fast-moving wildfires that gutted homes and cars in Santa Rosa on Monday.