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) - 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) - Parents have another "compelling" reason to monitor their teens' television viewing habits because of a new study that shows teens who watch many shows with sexual content are twice as likely to have sex than teens who watch fewer such programs, a family group said Tuesday.The study by the RAND Corp and funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development was published in the September issue of "Pediatrics," the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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 blasting President Bush's pick of White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to replace Attorney General John Ashcroft. The American Life League criticized Gonzales for ruling in the past in a way that runs counter to the pro-life movement. Gonzales has said he would interpret the law even those that he may "find personally offensive," even when it applies to abortion.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A coalition of homosexual advocacy groups is calling for a public retraction and apology from a Florida county juvenile welfare board because of "defamatory statements" made by a board member.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A North Carolina congressman has introduced a bill that would create local parental review boards with the authority to decide which library and classroom-based materials will be purchased for elementary schools.Republican U.S. Congressman Walter Jones said the Parental Empowerment Act of 2005 (H.R. 2295) was crafted in response to a situation in Wilmington, N.C., where parents were concerned that their children were given access to adult content, particularly "King and King," a book detailing a homosexual marriage between two princes.
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 media watchdog group is launching an ambitious campaign to reach 50 million people every week with evidence of the media's liberal bias."Day after day, night after night, the news media question, denounce, or just plain ignore the good news. They want higher taxes to fund massive new federal spending for more liberal experiments like socialized health care," said Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center and founder of CNSNews.com .
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is warning that a popular song advocates violence against pregnant women.Black Americans for Life, an outreach of the National Right to Life Committee, said the remixed version of singer Usher's song "Confessions," featuring rapper Joe Budden, suggests violent action against a mother when she is unwilling to abort her child."These lyrics are demeaning and outright violent toward both women and unborn children," said Day Gardner, director of Black Americans for Life.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A decision by a Catholic school in Pittsburgh, Pa., to allow a "gay straight alliance" is sending the school in the "wrong direction," a conservative group said Monday.Duquesne University decided Friday to allow the homosexual activist group on campus, but the decision has angered American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA or PA), because they said homosexuality goes against the Catholic Church's teaching.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 229 to 174, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed a measure aimed at ending frivolous lawsuits. Most Democrats voted against the bill, saying it went too far in limiting access to the courts and distracted Congress from more important matters. Republicans used statements from Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and his running mate and successful former trial lawyer John Edwards, who are in favor of tougher sanctions on lawyers who abuse the system, to convince Democrats to approve the legislation.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An outdoor smoking ban is set to take effect in March in a California city that has outlawed smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor "smoker outposts."The city council of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously for the ban, which is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction. The city council also agreed to establish a legal right of nonsmokers to be protected from secondhand smoke.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations plans to vote this week on a global ban on human cloning, but a medical coalition opposed to the ban is hoping to sway U.N. members.The treaty, led by Costa Rica and the U.S., will ban all forms of cloning, including therapeutic cloning which produces stem cells and could cure diseases and conditions affecting over 100 million Americans.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two Florida lawmakers Tuesday introduced legislation that could save the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman in Florida, whose husband is fighting to remove her feeding tube despite her family's pleas. The Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act (HR 1151 and S 539) would give Terri Schindler Schiavo and people in similar situations the same constitutional protection of due process as death-row inmates.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The parents of a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl are suing the city's health department, asserting that their daughter had a violent reaction to a morning-after pill regimen that she allegedly was given without a medical exam. The parents also say they should have been notified that the drug had been prescribed for their daughter.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic civil rights group is calling on law enforcement in Virginia to treat the assault of a pregnant Muslim woman Tuesday morning as a hate crime. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a 23-year-old Muslim woman, who is 8 months pregnant and wears an Islamic head scarf, was attacked by three white men during a morning walk in Arlington, Va.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment advocacy group is hailing the government of Saudi Arabia for allowing foreigners who fear for their safety to carry a gun. Saudi Arabia's decision comes in the wake of the kidnapping and beheading of American contractor Paul Johnson.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group Thursday blasted Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin for accusing the U.S. of "exporting violence." The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said Martin is treating the United States like a scapegoat for his failed leadership and for crimes committed by Canadian citizens.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attorneys for the parents of a brain-damaged Florida woman have filed a memorandum of law establishing that depriving her of food and water would be against her wishes and prohibited by the U.S. and state Constitutions, as well as Florida statutory and common law.Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael Schiavo, is fighting to have her feeding tube removed, claiming that she did not want to be kept alive through artificial means and her right to privacy would be violated if she is kept alive this way.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic group Friday decried the suspensions of the editor-in-chief and the opinions page editor of the Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, for republishing cartoons that mock the Prophet Mohammed.The Catholic League said the suspensions were hypocritical of the school's chancellor, Richard Herman, because the school did not handle "anti-Catholic fare" the same way. Herman said a discussion of the cartoons should have taken place in lieu of republishing them.