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.
Bay Area school districts desperate to hire teachers amid shortage made worse by COVID-19 pandemic
Schools didn't have enough teachers before the pandemic, and now the shortage has only gotten worse as teachers resign, retire or leave the career all together.
Bay Area school districts ready for return to in-person learning despite COVID-19 Delta variant
As COVID-19 continues to spread, are schools considering returning to remote or hybrid learning? We talked to several Bay Area districts about what to expect this fall.
SF's LGBTQ+ community split over revising Rainbow Flag to make more inclusive
"We want to feel accepted when we look at the flag as well."
Bay Area school districts monitoring Delta variant amid conflicting reopening guidance
With the new school year just around the corner, and concerns over COVID variants mounting, districts are working to iron out reopening plans.
Will Delta variant bring back San Francisco's mask mandates? Here's what Mayor Breed says
To wear or not to wear a mask? With spike in Delta variant cases, Dr. Fauci and other epidemiologists say in some cases masks may be a good idea even if vaccinated. We asked San Francisco Mayor London Breed if the city will require face coverings, again.
How entrepreneurs helped bring change to SF's Bayview during coronavirus pandemic
While many businesses were trying to stay afloat, a group of entrepreneurs in San Francisco' Bayview neighborhood was busy starting their new businesses.
Target, Walgreens make drastic changes due to increase in San Francisco thefts
After 10 p.m. the 7-Eleven on Drumm St. in the Financial District only does business through a metal door. But first you have to ring the bell to let them know you're outside.
SF Bayview residents fed up with illegal dumping, say complaints are going unanswered
Residents in San Francisco's Bay View District say several of their complaints regarding illegal dumping and traffic violations were not heard. So, what next?
Former SF Mayor Willie Brown continues throwing his support behind Bill Cosby
"If they were absolutely accurate in telling the truth, why would you wait from 1969 to 2018 to tell the story," insisted Brown.
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