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.
A four-alarm fire that threatened homes in the Grandview Drive area of Vacaville Friday afternoon,is now 100 percent contained according to the Vacaville Police Department.
Following a more than 12-hour occupation of the Oakland Police Officers Association building, Black Lives Matter demonstrators took their cause to police headquarters.
For the first time in 16 years, an openly gay man will address the delegates at the GOP Convention. Still, it's unlikely PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel will sway many in the gay community or Silicon Valley towards Donald Trump.
San Francisco's world-class Mexican museum, which will be the largest of its kind in the U.S. when it opens in 2019, will have 60,000 square feet of space to hold the largest collection of Mexican, Chicano, and Latin American art in this country.
UC Berkeley's Edwards Stadium is in need of serious repairs and possibly retrofitting, so the university has announced it will close the west side tunnel for the security of both workers and the public.