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, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch Wednesday denied Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's request for a stay of execution, keeping his date with death set for Monday June 11th. McVeigh's attorneys requested the stay after the FBI turned over thousands of new documents to them. But, Judge Matsch said newly released documents do not change the fact that he is guilty. McVeigh attorney Robert Nigh plans to appeal the ruling.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General John Ashcroft Monday said the U.S. government has received "credible" information indicating there may be additional terrorist attacks on the United States within the next week. Ashcroft said there was no specific information on what or where the attack would be, but local law enforcement agencies have been placed on the highest alert.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California senator, heading off a trend toward domestic partnerships, civil unions, and medical benefits for sex-change surgery, is launching a new effort to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.Sen. William J. "Pete" Knight, a Republican, is asking other state legislators to sign a Marriage Protection Pledge "to support the marriage act in preparation for the debate on various issues coming up before the legislature concerning additional benefits to domestic partners."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Upon hearing that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected his request for a stay of execution, attorneys for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh announced Thursday he will not appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. "Mr. McVeigh does not want to proceed any further in legal actions in order to try to stop his execution," McVeigh attorney Robert Nigh said. "He had prepared himself to die prior to the initial execution date of May 16th, and he now again wants to make the final preparations necessary to be ready to die on Monday."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Tuesday acknowledged there has been an "unacceptable" level of problems at airport security checkpoints, but promised that government agents would do a better job of properly screening passengers and luggage. Mineta said agents with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other Transportation department agencies would inspect the screening process, and the FAA would look to hire more agents.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The California Faculty Association this week settled a lawsuit brought by two college professors from different universities who refused to pay union dues because of their religious beliefs. Seeking religious accommodation, the professors asked that their dues be sent instead to a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A faith-based homeless shelter in New Mexico is planning a 'celebration of light' on June 21 as a counterdemonstration to a worldwide voluntary blackout promoted by an environmental group. The Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, is holding its event to counter a voluntary blackout promoted by the Rocky Mountain chapter Sierra Club.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday rejected the suggestion that he step down amid the controversy regarding the oil-for-food program and instead urged his son to cooperate fully with the investigation.Asked by a reporter at a press conference, "Do you feel it's time for the good of the organization to step down," Annan responded, "Hell no!"
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - London's police commissioner said Thursday it will take a while before they can determine if today's attacks are connected to those that killed dozens of people two weeks ago in London's subway system and on board a double-decker bus. Sir Ian Blair said there's a resonance in Thursday's four attacks - the same number as two weeks ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An American Jewish group Thursday praised Israel's handling of the disengagement in the Gaza Strip.The American Jewish Committee (AJC) said Israeli authorities showed "remarkable" determination and sensitivity when dealing with a "determined minority" who challenged the decision to disengage from Gaza. "Israel has once again shown to the world the primacy of democratic values and the rule of law which govern Israeli society," said David Harris, the group's executive director in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(1st Add: Updates death toll numbers in second paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - Amman, Jordan was the scene of chaos Wednesday when two suicide bombers and one car bomb set off explosions at three hotels - the Radisson, Days Inn and Grand Hyatt hotels.Police in Jordan confirmed at least 57 people have been confirmed dead, and about 300 are reported wounded.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - The leader of a wayward province in Georgia is reported to have resigned and flown out of the region. If true, the development may end a long standoff between Adzharia and Georgia's central government which threatened in recent days to turn violent.Reports from the former Soviet republic say Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has appeared on national television to announce that rebel leader Aslan Abashidze had fled, and that Adzharia was "free."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes comments from President Bush.) (CNSNews.com) - The South Korean government confirmed Tuesday the beheading of a South Korean businessman in Iraq by a group with suspected ties to al Qaeda. The body of 33-year-old Kim Son-il was found west of Baghdad by U.S. personnel at 5:20 p.m. Iraq time, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Shin Bong-kil told Yonhap, the South Korean news agency.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A close associate of Osama bin Laden surrendered to security officials at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran before being flown from Iran to Saudi Arabia Tuesday. Khaled al-Harbi was reportedly believed to be living near the Afghan-Iranian border. He was identified in late 2001 on a videotape talking to bin Laden about the Sept. 11 attacks. "He is big in the sense that he is one of the Saudis that were close to bin Laden," Reuters quoted a Saudi security source as saying.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said the assassination of the head and founder of the terrorist group Hamas sends a message to all those responsible for terrorist attacks against Israelis - they will be punished. Shalom called Sheikh Ahmed Yassin the "godfather of the suicide bombers" and said Israel acted alone, without consulting the U.S. "Sheik Yasim was the leader of a terrorist organization that has a very extreme ideology to destroy the state of Israel and to kill its people," Shalom said.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Weapons inspectors are expected to arrive in Iraq on Nov. 18, according to United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan, who met with President Bush at the White House Wednesday after word that Iraq had accepted the U.N. Security Council resolution.
July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes details about the videotape.)(CNSNews.com) - U.S. officials Thursday confirmed the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped in Pakistan while reporting on extremist groups. The State Department and the Wall Street Journal both confirmed Pearl's death."Our Embassy in Pakistan has confirmed today that they have received evidence that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is dead," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The European Union has reportedly agreed upon a plan that allows EU states to take the 13 militants holed up in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, wire reports said Thursday. According to an Italian government source speaking on the condition of anonymity, the details of the deal will be worked out "in the next few days." Italy, Spain and other EU countries - possibly Austria, Greece and Luxembourg - are willing to take in the Palestinians.