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.
Vacaville woman dies from complications related to use of e-cigarettes, Marin County health officials say
A woman from Vacaville is the first in the Bay Area to die from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. Officials say 45-year-old Amanda Arconti was a previously healthy woman who began vaping six months ago.
BART GM apologizes to man handcuffed after eating sandwich; more protests expected
"I'm disappointed how the situation unfolded." BART has apologized to the man who was detained and handcuffed after a confrontation over a breakfast sandwich on the platform last week.
Leading the charge against congestion, Lyft electric bikes set to return in December
Four months after Lyft pulled its electric bikes from San Francisco because two of them caught fire, the bikes are now set to return next month.
BART employee pulls man to safety off tracks at Coliseum Station after Raiders game: VIDEO
It could've been a tragic disaster at the Coliseum BART station after the Oakland Raiders game, but one BART employee saved a man by pulling him off the tracks just in time.
PG&E to make decision on outages by Saturday morning
PG&E officials are warning of another public safety shutoff. This could be the biggest one so far and may start as early as Saturday night.