Melanie Woodrow | ABC7 KGO News Team
I'm a native New Yorker who joined ABC7 News in 2014. I now work as a multimedia journalist for the ABC7 News I-Team, shooting, writing and editing the pieces I report.

I have a passion for digging into stories and following them all the way through, sometimes for years. While at ABC7, I've covered the kidnapping of Denise Huskins that Vallejo police mistakenly called a hoax. I broke several stories around the case including the lead detective being named Officer of the Year. In Vallejo, I also extensively covered the police shooting of Sean Monterrosa by an officer who fired from the backseat through the windshield of an unmarked police vehicle. I exposed that the Vallejo Police Department waited 38.5 hours to announce Monterrosa's death, even though he was pronounced dead one hour after the shooting.

More recently, I've investigated the Fire Victim Trust, which was created to pay PG&E victims of the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 North Bay Wildfires and deadliest 2018 Camp Fire. At the time the report aired, the Trust had spent more than $51 million, including hefty salaries for those in charge of the Trust while only 334 fire victims, less than half of 1% of fire victims had received a 30% partial payment of their total claim.

Prior to joining ABC7 News, I worked as an investigative reporter for KTVU. I moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles where I was an investigative reporter and producer for the nationally syndicated daytime medical talk show "The Doctors." I've also worked at CBS Newspath in Los Angeles. Before making the move west, I was a reporter/weekend anchor at Wavy News 10 in Norfolk, Virginia and a morning anchor/reporter at WHAG in Hagerstown, MD. I got my start in the business as a production assistant at MSNBC. Previously I worked at an investment bank in NYC. Sept. 11, 2001 was my first day of work at the bank. Shortly thereafter I realized I wanted to be a reporter and after finishing a 2-year analyst program at the bank I made the career switch. I graduated from Cornell University where I was Valedictorian of Cornell's College of Human Ecology.

When I'm not reporting, you can usually find me practicing or teaching yoga. I'm thrilled to be a member of the ABC7 News I-Team. My best story tips come from you! You can reach me on Facebook, Twitter or over email at

Melanie's Stories
Multiple San Francisco agencies investigating after pedestrian hit, killed by Muni train
Human remains were discovered on the Muni tracks by Muni personnel, as police say the victim may have been dragged by the train.
Concertgoers stuck on another SF elevator overdue for state safety inspection
To make matters worse, when they used the emergency call button, the call was routed to a maintenance company in Ohio.
Woman stuck in SF elevator for 1 hour discovers outdated safety inspection
ABC7 News I-Team uncovered a growing need for Cal/OSHA elevator inspectors that has led to overdue inspections in San Francisco, sometimes by years.
EXCLUSIVE: Woman seen coughing on Uber driver now accused of identity theft
The woman in a viral March 2021 video seen coughing on an Uber driver is in trouble again, this time accused of stealing a San Francisco nurse's identity.
SF's Laguna Honda Hospital loses Medicare, Medicaid funding amid compliance issues
State surveyors identified new issues with hand hygiene, infection prevention and control as well as two missed doses of a medication, adding to October's deficiencies related to contraband and drug paraphernalia on campus.
Former Apple engineer shares struggles with gender wage gap, why she ultimately left industry
According to an ABC7 News Data Analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data averaged between 2018 and 2020, in California, women make $0.88 for every dollar a man makes.
13-year-old mistakenly detained by SFPD outside school, claim says
The boy's parents believe their son was racially profiled. They say their young teen is now having nightmares and, "It's sad that he doesn't even want to wear the pair of shoes that he had on that day." (The suspect description noted red shoes - the boy was wearing black shoes with red shoelaces).
Two former East Bay MUD employees allege discrimination
I felt compelled to say that I was an attorney first and Black second," said a former EBMUD employee who told the I-Team she felt she had to disavow her ethnic heritage to keep her job at the District.
Bus Rapid Transit finally coming to San Francisco's Van Ness after 5 1/2 years of construction
"It was just chaos." Have you been wondering if all the construction work on San Francisco's Van Ness would ever end? We have some good news for you!
Only 30% of eligible Californians awarded COVID-19 funeral assistance from FEMA
While the funds are "available," they can be difficult to access, leading some people to give up on securing the up to $9,000 to help with funeral costs.