Melanie is a general assignment reporter based in Cherry Hill. She joined the Inquirer in March 2000 as an Education Reporter. She spent five years on the Editorial Board. She previously worked for the Associated Press as a newsperson and correspondent covering five counties in South Jersey.

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South Jersey theater cancels event about race relations amid threats from anti-fascist protesters

“We don’t want South Jersey being used as a platform for these far-right extremists. For us this is about community self-defense.”

Young child left in car at PATCO station in Lindenwold found dead, authorities say

It was unknown how long the child had been in the vehicle, officials said.

In a first, New Jersey now allows funeral homes to serve refreshments to mourners

New Jersey has lifted a decades' old law that prohibited food inside funeral homes, leaving Pennsylvania as the only state that bars mourners from eating on the premises.

Students with a $20 lunch debt won’t get a school lunch, N.J. district proposes

Under the policy, kids $10 in debt would get a tuna fish sandwich and carrots. At $20, they'd get nothing to eat.

Camden advocates want state to rescind city school contracts awarded to firms with ties to George Norcross III and other leading Democrats

The community groups made their request in a letter this week to the New Jersey education commissioner.

Brooklyn boy, 9, drowns at Camden County water park

A 9-year-old boy drowned while on a camping trip at Sahara Sam's water park in South Jersey, police said Wednesday.

A new view: Amateur photographers capture ‘something beautiful’ in Camden

Camden residents and visitors have been asked to take photographs of "something beautiful" in a contest that is part of a public art project through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.

Shake Shack, Trader Joe’s, Costco — and gripes — coming to Cherry Hill

Garden State Park could also soon be home to a sports betting venue on the 223-acre site.

William J. King, 88, first black doctor at Underwood-Memorial Hospital; trailblazer who made house calls, delivered babies in South Jersey

Dr. William King was turned away when he tried to get staff privileges at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in the 1960s. When he retired decades later, he was begged to stay. Dr. King made history as the first black doctor at the hospital and opened his own medical practice in Woodbury.

N.J. corrections officer convicted of smuggling drugs to inmates at state prison in Cumberland County

Steven Saunders, 51, of Camden, a suspended state corrections police officer, has been found guilty of smuggling drugs to inmates at the Southern Correctional Facility in Cumberland County.