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.

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Four months ago, Drew's belongings were thrown into Lake Merritt by a frustrated jogger. Now, despite the community rallying to raise more than $14,000 for him, he's still homeless. Here's what we found.
NO PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The president of the San Francisco School Board is skipping the Pledge of Allegiance during meetings. Instead, he says he will honor those he believes are American patriots instead. What do you think of his idea?
California's two gubernatorial candidates - Gavin Newsom and John Cox - debated Monday at a local San Francisco radio station.
A high-profile murder case just took a turn -- one of the accused men in the 2016 killing of Keith Green was released from custody following a hearing.