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) - 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) - A grassroots group plans to deliver thousands of petitions to the Senate on Sept. 29 in support of the Pledge of Allegiance. Grassfire.org began collecting petitions right after a U.S. District Court judge ruled the pledge unconstitutional in schools, and it hopes to collect 700,000 petitions in support of the pledge by the end of the month.
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) - A media watchdog group Tuesday praised the USA Today for its "balanced coverage of the Iraq war" by reporting that the number of wounded U.S. soldiers dropped by more than a quarter in 2005 compared to the year before.In an article published Sunday, the paper reported the number of wounded U.S. troops according to Pentagon records fell from 7,990 in 2004 to 5,939. The paper reported not much change in the number of deaths. According to Pentagon figures, 844 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq in 2005, compared to 845 in 2004.
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) - A conservative group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to pull the abortion pill RU-486, after the FDA reported that two more women died after taking the drug. The cause of death in both cases has not been determined, the FDA said, but four other women's deaths have been linked to a bacterial infection that developed after they took RU-486.
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.
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) - 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
(CNSNews.com) - An animal activist group is evoking the memory of former President Ronald Reagan in its push for a vegetarian diet.The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is planning to use Reagan in its billboard campaign, with the tagline, "Win One for the Gipper: Go Vegetarian. Animal Fats Double Your Risk of Alzheimer's."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Maryland court Friday struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violated Maryland's Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which states that the "equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist's battle with thyroid cancer further reinforces the urgency of the "judges issue," a pro-family group said Tuesday.Rehnquist underwent treatment over the weekend, but plans to return to the bench on Nov. 1, the court said."I don't think it is too much to say that the culture may well hang in the balance with the appointment of Supreme Court justices in the coming years," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement.
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 conservative group is urging the Senate to pass a bill that will increase fines for radio and television broadcasters who violate the FCC's decency standards.The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005, which was reintroduced last week by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), increases the maximum fine for broadcasters to $325,000, with a penalty cap of $3 million for any single act.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group filed a civil lawsuit Friday against Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood and a security guard on behalf of a pro-life college student who claims he was tackled and injured while trying to exercise his First Amendment rights outside an abortion clinic in 2004.The American Center for Law and Justice filed the suit on behalf of Daniel Heenan, a Virginia resident who attends Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Patients who need Viagra can no longer use government money to pay for it, thanks to a measure passed by the House Friday. In a vote of 285 to 121, the U.S. House approved the bill, which would ban Medicare or Medicaid payments for the drug and similar impotency drugs.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from the American Center for Law and Justice.)(CNSNews.com) - On the same day the Massachusetts courts will invalidate the state's marriage laws to include same-sex "marriage," a pro-family group plans to release new data that showing support is growing among Americans for a marriage amendment that would establish marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
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.