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) - On Election Day, voters in California will decide on a ballot measure that authorizes a $3 billion bond ($300 million a year in taxpayer dollars for 10 years) to pay for embryonic stem cell research.Dubbed the "clone and kill" bond by a group of Sacramento-area ministers, Proposition 71 has been endorsed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. Islamic advocacy group criticized for not speaking out immediately about the trial of an Afghan Muslim who may get the death penalty for converting to Christianity is calling for the man's immediate release.CAIR issued a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the apostasy trial of Abdul Rahman, saying his conversion to Christianity is a personal matter, not a state matter, and urging the Afghan government to release Rahman immediately. The judge in Rahman's case said he could face the death penalty if he refuses to return to Islam.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A homosexual advocacy group is condemning the Public Broadcasting Service for its decision not to air an episode of a children's television show because it includes lesbian mothers.Earlier in the week, PBS President Pat Mitchell and other network officials said the "Postcards From Buster" episode, titled "Sugarland," was appropriate, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) claims. Then Education Secretary Margaret Spellings denounced the program, reportedly saying parents wouldn't want children exposed to a homosexual lifestyle.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is applauding an announcement by Air Force officials that a new task force will investigate claims of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.Americans United for Separation of Church and State had sent a detailed report to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Air Force officials listing examples of religious bias and preference toward evangelical Christianity at the academy.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A black conservative group is criticizing a controversial pilot program in San Bernardino, Calif., schools that would inject "Ebonics" slang into the schools' curriculum.The project, known as SANKOFA or Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment Initiative, is designed to improve the academic performance of black students by keeping them interested in their studies.But black conservative group Project 21 said the program will do more harm than good.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Air America, the fledgling radio network billed as the liberal antidote to conservative talk radio, appears to be tanking. But the same establishment media that ballyhooed the radio network's rise is mostly silent on its subsequent fall, said a media watchdog group.The Air America radio network went off the air in Chicago and Los Angeles on April 14, just two weeks after its launch, amid reports of financial problems. There have also been management problems.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A humanist group is criticizing President Bush's call for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance Friday for Hurricane Katrina victims, accusing him of using religion to deflect from the administration's "poor response" to the victims of the storm. The American Humanist Association said Bush used "religion as a diversion instead of fully admitting his mistakes and focusing on responsibility and readiness" regarding the Katrina disaster.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes a transcript of remarks made during Bill Bennett's show.)(CNSNews.com) - A Michigan congressman is calling for the immediate suspension of a conservative talk show host for insinuating that crime could be reduced by aborting "every black baby" in America.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Focus on the Family.) (CNSNews.com) - A federal judge in New York Thursday ruled the partial birth abortion ban unconstitutional because it does not include an exception for the health of the mother.U.S. District Judge Richard C. Casey said the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear that a law that prohibits an abortion procedure must include an exception to preserve the mother's life and health. The ruling disappointed pro-life and conservative groups, including the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Monday addressed pro-life demonstrators on Capitol Hill marking the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, congratulating them on the progress made in the pro-life movement. In a telephone call from Manhattan, Kan., the president said he and other pro-life supporters believe "that every human life has value, that the strong have a duty to protect the weak, and that the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence apply to everyone, not just to those considered healthy or wanted or convenient."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Tuesday expressed support for granting civil unions to homosexuals and indicated that the decision should be left up to states, putting him at odds with conservatives and pro-family groups.During an ABC interview on Tuesday, Bush said, "I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rhode Island has banned an abstinence-only-until-marriage program from public schools, saying the program violates students' rights, embraces sexist stereotypes, and isolates homosexual teens.Education Commissioner Peter McWalters issued a directive last week in a letter to schools ordering them not to use the program or the associated materials. He said classes taught by Heritage of Rhode Island were never approved by state officials and his office would create a panel to review the HIV/AIDS curricula of all schools in the state.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is blasting the Bush administration for re-submitting the nominations of judges the group has urged the Senate to defeat. On Monday, Bush re-nominated 20 failed judicial nominees, some of which have been denounced by liberals as "right-wing extremists."Americans United for Separation of Church and State Tuesday criticized the Bush administration's "stubbornness" for re-submitting William Pryor and Janice Rogers Brown for nomination to the federal bench.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against the Montgomery County, Md. school board banning the implementation of a controversial sex education program. This comes after a legal group, working on behalf of the program's critics, filed suit against the school.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An American Islamic civil rights group is calling on a Washington, D.C. radio station to reprimand its talk show host for claiming "Islam is a terrorist organization."The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it received complaints Monday from Muslim listeners who heard WMAL's Michael Graham say "Islam is a terrorist organization," "Islam is at war with America," "The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam," and "We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Although recent statistics show a decrease in the number of teens having sex, a recent study shows an increase in sexual transmitted diseases among teens.A study published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health revealed that 18.9 million new STD cases occurred in 2000 alone. Of those, 9.1 million or 48 percent were among 15 to 24-year-olds.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group condemned a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to suspend the Phoenix, Ariz., rescue team from Hurricane Katrina relief efforts for using four armed police officers to accompany them while traveling to Louisiana.Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said FEMA "flunked the personality test" for suspending the Phoenix Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team. The group criticized FEMA also for not stepping in when police officers were disarming law-abiding citizens in New Orleans.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued a nationwide terrorism bulletin Friday warning that al Qaeda may target Veterans Affairs hospitals. No credible intelligence exists about a specific threat against VA hospitals, but, according to the bulletin, there were reports of suspicious activity at medical facilities across the country, including "possible reconnaissance activities" this year at military medical facilities in Bethesda, Md., and Aurora, Colo.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group Tuesday applauded Canadian gun owners for being "pivotal in throwing out Liberal members of Parliament."After 12 years of liberal rule, Canadian Conservative Stephen Harper won Monday's election, beating Prime Minister Paul Martin, who announced Tuesday that he would step down as his party's leader.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic group is launching an ad campaign in Ohio criticizing President Bush for "failure of moral leadership," citing the increased casualties in Iraq, "the torture and rendition of detainees, the growing number of families in poverty and rising abortion rates."