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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New Jersey high school football shooting worries students as classes resume

“It felt like my last minute on Earth,” said a junior who was at the Camden-Pleasantville playoff game when gunfire erupted.

South Jersey school principal reads bedtime stories to students via Facebook Live to encourage a love of reading

Principal reads bedtime stories on Facebook Live to encourage a love of reading to students

Former South Jersey police chief faces second trial on hate-crime assault charges

Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera, who is white, is scheduled for a retrial March 16, 2020, in the alleged assault of a handcuffed black suspect.

Camden County elections officials certify results in Camden school board race

The Camden County Election Board certified results Wednesday in last week's hotly contested Camden school board election, the first in the city since a 2013 state takeover of the public schools.

N.J. sending teachers to visit trans-Atlantic slave sites to teach black history in public schools

New Jersey wants its 1.1 million public school students to learn black history year-round. A new initiative will send teachers to trans-Atlantic sites associated with the slave trade to better prepare teachers.

Camden County elections officials counting last votes in hotly contested Camden city school board race to decide three seats

In unofficial results Wednesday afternoon with 100% of the precincts reporting, the leading five candidates from two slates were: Nyemah Gillespie with 2,070 votes; Falio Leyba-Martinez, 1,742; Elton Custis, 1,604; JeNell McRae, 1,546; and Tyann La’Shae Wall, 1,541.

Gov. Murphy announces $2 million in grants to help N.J. schools teach advanced computer science skills

“Expanding and improving computer science programs in our public schools will help provide our students with the critical thinking skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy,” the governor said.

Ex-Deptford cop who fatally shot alleged shoplifter gets disability retirement, $6,254-a-month pension

A former Deptford police sergeant who fatally shot an alleged shoplifter, who authorities say tried to run him over while fleeing a strip mall, has been approved for “accidental disability retirement” and will receive a $6,200-a-month pension, records show.

Nine candidates vying for three positions in first Camden school board election since 2013 state takeover

“For a long time we’ve been getting the short end of the stick,” said Elton Custis, 37, a mental health specialist who is running on a ticket backed by the Camden Education Association. “This is a grand opportunity for anyone who has a vested interest in our children.”

Cherry Hill school district rejects a Philly businessman’s offer to wipe out students’ lunch debts

Cherry Hill says those parents who can afford to pay their outstanding fees should do so. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are drafting legislation to expand free meals to thousands of New Jersey public school students.