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.
Stephen Curry, Ayesha Curry begin marketing their foundation Eat. Learn. Play.
TV host and entrepreneur Ayesha Curry is one of the most influential people out there. She is now promoting her foundation, which she shares with her husband Stephen Curry, using a new marketing tool.
Latinx celebrated at Oakland's Montera Middle School
The Latinx population at Montera Middle School in Oakland has increased significantly from 10 percent three years ago to 24 percent today. And so it was only a matter of time before a club was formed. This was their first celebration.
First job center opens in the 'forgotten district' in San Francisco
"There are so many job opportunities." The first job center opens up in the "OMI District" in San Francisco.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announces $17.2 million donation for schools in SF, Oakland
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is just one local business leader helping to build a better Bay Area. Six years ago, he took the lead in helping get technology into the classroom. It's been a game-changer. This year, he's done it again, donating to both San Francisco and Oakland schools.
Homeless taking up residence near San Rafael 9/11 memorial
Marin County has the 7th highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country. A large portion of them end up in downtown San Rafael, very close to a memorial dedicated to one of the people who lost their lives on 9/11.