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.
Vallejo woman identified as Tesla driver in San Francisco crash that killed tourist from Central Valley
A date that a couple marked as their wedding anniversary has now turned into a tragedy. The two, who were visiting from the Central Valley, were crossing the street in San Francisco when they were hit by a car. Here's how a 21-year-old was able to rent the Tesla involved in this crash.
East Bay commits to ending HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Bay Area, especially among the homeless community
The head of the Centers for Disease Control was in Oakland on Friday looking at the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Alameda County. AIDS is still a threat there, especially among the homeless population. The city wants to get to zero cases by 2030.
Muni Embarcadero station in SF reopens after major leak causes daylong closure
Not one, but two leaks in the drainage system at the Muni Embarcadero station in San Francisco made for delays early Thursday morning as the commute was in full gear. The leaks also impacted BART, which is located below the Muni line.
Bay Area Puerto Ricans demand Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down
Puerto Rico is more than 3,600 miles away from San Francisco. Despite the distance, Puerto Ricans held a protest in front of City Hall calling for the governor's resignation after he was caught in a private group chat making vile and threatening remarks.
Security to be increased at SFO BART station due to spike in homeless
San Francisco International Airport is ready to make major changes to deal with a spike in homeless people arriving on BART trains and sleeping in terminals.