Lyanne Melendez | ABC7 KGO News Team
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.

Lyanne's Stories
SF divided over 'Slow Streets' program: Here's what residents are saying
Hate them or love them, slow streets are not going anywhere. They were first introduced in San Francisco at the beginning of the pandemic as a way get people outside while social distancing. And residents are divided. Here's what they are saying.
How San Mateo's new street closure has helped some businesses and hurt others
San Mateo is one of many Bay Area cities trying to revitalize its downtown. While they are having some success, not everyone likes the way they've gone about it, closing two city blocks to cars.
Here is Oakland's progress in tackling its pothole problem, plans under new leadership
In 2021, Oakland's city council passed a $300 million, five-year plan to fix about 400 miles of roads by 2027. Here's how it's going so far.
SF Public Works is behind in maintenance projects, grand jury report says
San Francisco's Department of Public Works has 90 days to respond to the grand jury's report on its delayed projects. But it also decided to address some of the claims now. Here's what they are:
SF's Union Square: How it's doing 1 year after new zoning regulations went into effect
We think of ourselves as a progressive city, but San Francisco began the downward trend of Union Square's economy years before the pandemic. And instead of reinventing itself like other cities have, San Francisco moved at a snail's pace.
How democracy could be changing in small coastal town of Pescadero
Each seat on the Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council is a voluntary position and they haven't held elections since 2008. Here's why there's now a proposal for the seats to be elected positions.
How can SF dim the spark of illegal fireworks? Grand Jury report highlights adverse effects, dangers
"It's like a war zone." What once was a crowd-pleasing event on the 4th of July in San Francisco, has turned into several unsettling nights of booming explosions, impacting pets and members of the community alike.
SF Union Square on path to economic recovery: Here are the signs and roadblocks
The pandemic, changes in shopping habits and work-from-home left a huge number of storefronts empty. But there are now signs Union Square is on the road to recovery.
The fight over building new housing in San Mateo Co., least compliant in Bay Area to state mandates
The state has determined that 21 cities within San Mateo County have to increase the number of market-rate and below-market-rate units. Here are the challenges in making this happen.
Fentanyl residue may increase overdoses, UCSF doctor says
Now, there's a different concern on the street's of San Francisco's Tenderloin: making sure that the fentanyl that accumulates on little pieces of aluminum foil, the residue, doesn't kill someone.