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
The hunt for 'The Doodler,' 1970s serial killer who targeted gay men; reward now at $200K
It remains one of San Francisco's most notorious cold case murders that's never been solved, but investigators think they are close. "The Doodler" was a serial killer who targeted gay men in the 1970s, and has never been caught.
Preliminary list of Oakland school closures released without consent of OUSD
Oakland Unified has a preliminary list of schools it wants to close to help cut costs and deal with a budget shortfall. The list was not meant to be published and was distributed internally until someone disclosed it.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations plateau in SF but 'still high,' officials say
"Well, the good news is things are starting to plateau." Mayor Breed says the city is still seeing additional cases, and hospitalizations are still high, but "we have the capacity to handle what is coming our way."
Calif. to give subsidies to students who volunteer with Californians for All College Corps
In exchange for volunteer service to help the state's response to emergencies and disasters like COVID, California will subsidize tuition for participating students.
Sickout planned in Oakland as students go back to in-person learning in Hayward
"It's important for me to participate in this walkout because the walkout is trying to help schools become safe for the kids who attend," said student Alexander Ibarra.
Some Bay Area child care centers close due to lack of guidance, funding for COVID test kits
Unlike public and private schools, Chatham Nursery School in Oakland gets no outside funding. They say they could never afford to pay for weekly test kits for their 120 kids.
Teacher 'sickout' over COVID safety concerns forces closure of 12 Oakland schools
The district says 503 teachers called out sick Friday, that's twice what they've seen every day this week. Instruction for more than 5,000 students was interrupted.
SF Unified classes not interrupted despite 874 sick calls in 1 day from teachers, paraeducators
This may have been due to a planned sickout organized for today by a group of teachers as many feel the district has failed to protect them during this COVID latest surge. Still, classes were not interrupted.
Omicron brings new challenges to SF as hundreds of city workers are in quarantine
As of Tuesday, 168 police officers and 135 members of the fire department are in quarantine. Here's how Mayor Breed says San Francisco is handling the shortage of workers:
Bay Area school districts ramp up COVID testing as sites get overwhelmed before classes resume
On Sunday, San Francisco Unified administered more than 1,000 tests. With omicron being so infectious, for many school districts testing has become more important than ever.