Melanie has been with CNSNews.com since November 2000 as an evening editor responsible for writing, editing and posting stories to the website. She was promoted to deputy managing editor in 2002, overseeing the radio production department in addition to her daily editing duties. Prior to working at CNSNews.com, Melanie served as news director for WKYS-FM, one of Washington, D.C.’s top-rated radio stations. Mrs. Arter also worked as a traffic reporter for Shadow Broadcasting in the nation’s capital and prior to that, as a news anchor/reporter for WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her television experience was obtained at several Washington, D.C. stations. She worked for America’s Most Wanted at Fox affiliate WTTG, the Creative Services Department of WUSA-TV and the Evening Exchange on WHUT-TV. She holds a bachelor’s degree in television production from Howard University.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An American Islamic group Tuesday called for "an immediate and peaceful end to the violence" in France and for French authorities to use "dialogue and mutual respect" when dealing with rioting protesters.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined Muslim leaders in France in its call for calm and suggested a national campaign to address the "economic and social marginalization and exclusion that appear to be the root causes of the violence."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday decided against hearing a challenge to Florida's ban on homosexuals adopting children.A homosexual advocacy group, Lambda Legal blasted the court's decision, saying the case "deserved to be heard." In a statement Monday, Patricia Logue, senior counsel for the group said, "Florida's law keeps thousands of children in state care and out of permanent loving homes - solely because the state wants to express disapproval of gay people.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-abortion group is praising the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy for its unanimous decision requiring all Wal-Mart stores in the state to stock the "morning-after" pill.NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts said it is "delighted" over the state board's decision in favor of three women who challenged the store for refusing to carry the emergency contraception in its pharmacies.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is applauding the Health and Human Services Department for taking steps to improve compliance with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which protects babies "accidentally" born during abortion procedures from being killed or left to die."Congress had received testimony that some infants who had been born alive after unsuccessful abortions were left to die..." said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Focus on the Family.) (CNSNews.com) - The Air Force Academy does not overtly discriminate on the basis of religion, a military investigative panel said Wednesday, but it found the academy did not make an effort to accommodate all the religious needs of cadets and staff from different backgrounds.The report was the result of allegations that the academy promotes Christianity and is intolerant of other religions. Cadets who follow other religions reported being harassed by evangelical Protestants.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Abortion activists plan to confront President Bush's adviser Karen Hughes and demand an apology for remarks she made about Sept. 11 while defending the president's pro-life policies."Karen Hughes, apologize," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Gloria Feldt Thursday. "9/11 has no place in this discussion, and Planned Parenthood supporters will ask for an apology in person," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The California Supreme Court Thursday ruled 5-2 that the same-sex "marriages" in San Francisco are null and void.The ruling does not address "the substantive legal rights of same sex couples," Chief Justice Ron George said. "In actuality, the legal issue before us implicates the interest of all individuals in ensuring that public officials execute their official duties in a manner that respects the limits of the authorities granted to them as officeholders."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A report by an immigration reform group shows that illegal immigration costs the state of Florida at least $4.3 billion a year in health care, education and incarceration costs.The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) predicts the state's costs of illegal immigration will increase to nearly $8 billion a year within 10 years unless it is controlled.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life Democratic group announced Thursday it will not support President Bush or Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) said they are asked daily what their position is on the presidential election and have decided not to take a position because there is no candidate that they can support.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new survey shows the majority of Americans think religion is "under attack" and "losing its influence" in American life.According to the poll, American Attitudes Toward Religion In the Public Square, 64 percent agreed with the statement that "religion is under attack" in America, and 80 percent of those who identify themselves as fundamentalist/evangelical/charismatic Christians, were in agreement.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes fourth paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - A black conservative leader said Monday legal barriers have been removed, so now the greatest obstacle for blacks is no longer racism but lack of character. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), said on the 76th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. there is "relatively little discrimination against blacks" and "the nation has lived up" to Dr. King's dream "by making monumental strides to correct past wrongs."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An animal rights group is using the accidental shooting of Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting companion, Texas lawyer Harry Whittington, to take aim at hunters, calling for them to reconsider taking part in the sport "for the benefit of both humans and animals."People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged its members to send "polite letters" to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and asking it to revoke Cheney's Texas hunting license.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is calling on young people nationwide to wear t-shirts with pro-life messages to their high schools and colleges Tuesday as part of American Life League's National Pro-Life T-shirt Day.The group's director of youth outreach, Erik Whittington, calls it "an amazing opportunity for the youth of this country to publicly express their support for the protection of each and every human being's life - from fertilization to natural death.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of Republican senators announced legislation Thursday designed to "stop the raid on Social Security."The measure, sponsored by 11 senators, includes personal savings accounts that workers can own and which would be fully inheritable.The bill has three goals: the Social Security surplus would only be used for Social Security, not other government programs; surpluses would be saved in personal accounts that are legally owned by workers; and the surplus would not be used to mask the true size of the national deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A judge in Tampa, Fla., Thursday ruled unconstitutional the law by Gov. Jeb Bush that kept a brain-damaged woman alive.The governor's office filed an immediate appeal of Pinellas Circuit Court Judge W. Douglas Baird's ruling in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case. Schiavo's husband Michael had been fighting to remove her feeding tube saying he was carrying out his wife's wishes, but her family believes her condition could improve with therapy.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan is scheduled to speak out against embryonic stem cell research at the upcoming Republican National Convention.His brother, Ron Reagan, stirred controversy recently by speaking at the Democratic National Committee in support of the stem cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two legal groups filed amicus briefs Monday in the U.S. Supreme court case on the parental involvement laws regarding abortion.The Liberty Counsel and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) are both asking the court to overturn an appeals court decision in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, declaring a New Hampshire law that requires parental notification prior to an abortion performed on a minor unconstitutional.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A review of Federal Election Commission reports shows the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry received more donations from employees of Catholic universities than President George W. Bush did.The Cardinal Newman Society found that employees gave $196,025 to Kerry's campaign which was nine times the amount given to Bush, who only received $21,200 from Catholic university employees.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - It's that time of year again, not just for Christmas, but for Planned Parenthood to solicit donations and promote abortion through its "Choice on Earth" e-cards.A pro-life group said the nation's largest abortion provider has offended Christians once more by promoting the "distasteful" cards.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative group is posting on its website public documents from the FDA that reveal about 600 reports of "serious complications" suffered by women who used the abortion drug RU-486.Concerned Women for America gained access to the FDA's documents through the Freedom of Information Act. The FDA removed all personal-identifying medical information from the women's medical records so the public can examine the dangers of the drug without compromising the patients' privacy.