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.
Many schools districts are going through not enough teachers. There are close to 100 teaching positions San Francisco Unified hasn't been able to fill.
There's good news for California teachers: the governor signed a bill that will allow school districts to use any surplus property to build affordable housing for teachers and some staff.
The Bay Area Air Quality District is monitoring the Loma Fire and the impact it may have on our air. Officials said high temperatures inland, low winds and the exhaust from the cars create ozone, which can irritate your lungs.
Wells Fargo endured a major blow Friday as the city of San Francisco announced it would drop the financial giant as a partner in its Bank on San Francisco program.
The fight to keep a 100 year-old woman in her San Francisco apartment escalated Thursday as demonstrators trespassed in order to hang an anti-eviction banner.