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.
San Francisco mall beefs up security after several teen fights caught on camera
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CA school district files federal lawsuit against social media companies for adverse effects on kids
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Larry Hunt, known as San Francisco's 'Bucket Man' of Market Street, dies at 64
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CA bill would require early dyslexia screening for K-2nd grade students
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These Bay Area metro areas saw thousands of households move away from 2018 to 2022, data shows
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CA bill would mandate HPV vaccine for all students entering 8th grade
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