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.
Coronavirus: 500 vaccine doses to be distributed Friday at City College of San Francisco, officials say
Faced with serious supply shortfalls, city and health leaders in San Francisco have set an aggressive goal to fully vaccinate all of their nearly one million residents by the end of June.
'Chucks and Pearls' Day pays tribute to VP Harris
It wasn't just Inauguration Day for Pres. Biden and Vice President Harris, it was also "Chucks and Pearls Day." Thousands of American women paid tribute to the vice president by mimicking her iconic style.
San Francisco projected to run out of COVID-19 vaccines by Thursday, Mayor Breed says
Mayor London Breed said the city has received 31,665 vaccines and has already administered 15,545 of them. If the city doesn't receive more soon, they'll run out by Thursday.
East Bay parents, students rally for high school sports to resume amid pandemic
"The COVID concerns are being outweighed by the mental health issues," said Kevin Macy, who coaches football at Campolindo High School in Moraga.
Here's what Bay Area classrooms look like as they reopen during COVID-19
Hundreds of California schools have been given waivers to reopen for in-person learning. Here's what this looks like as districts navigate new COVID-19 regulations.
San Francisco to give $1.6 million in grants to help small businesses stay afloat
A recent survey of 1,600 small business owners in San Francisco found that 80% of them want to continue operating outdoors and 90% said these shared outdoor spaces have kept them from closing permanently.
Bay Area parents, teachers, students weigh in on distance learning challenges since start of school
"Being on Zoom three hours a day is equivalent to feeling like you are seven to eight hours in the classroom and that's not even including the million hours of emails that we have to do and coordinating and collaborating," a teacher said.
New school opens in Oakland after long delays, but with no students due to COVID-19
After long delays and higher-than-expected costs, Glenview Elementary in Oakland finally reopened but with no students because of pandemic.
Despite some push back, SF Muni reports 90% of riders wear face masks
"It's a scary situation indeed": According to SFMTA's data, from April through August, there have been 63 verbal altercations specifically dealing with face masks. 9 drivers were assaulted and one was struck several times with a bat.
San Francisco offers free COVID-19 testing to children in Mission District to curb racial, financial disparities
"They will have to prioritize investing in under-invested neighborhoods, the most marginalized, to ensure that they are also safe."