Lyanne Melendez
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.

HONORING 41: It's one of many moving tributes across California and the U.S. for President George H.W. Bush.
George H.W. Bush died on the eve of World Aids Day. Ironic, because many say he did very little to end the negative attitudes and beliefs about people with AIDS.
The 61-day-old strike against the world's largest hotel operator is now over. San Francisco was the last holdout in the dispute with Marriott.
STARTING A CONVERSATION: You hear stories all the time about people wearing culturally insensitive Halloween costumes. Here's how one San Francisco school is working to open up a conversation to engage with those who are displaying ignorance.
Remember the shag haircuts of the 60 and 70s that came with bangs? One San Francisco salon is bringing back that look which is trending on social media. The stylist who made the comeback so popular is now booked months in advance.