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) - 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 religious watchdog group said Wednesday Rev. Jerry Falwell's plan to launch The Faith and Values Coalition, is "just another fund-raising vehicle." Americans United for the Separation of Church and States said Falwell is "wrong in assuming that Americans agree with his goals" of barring same-sex marriage, pushing for pro-life judicial appointments and electing another conservative to the White House in four years.
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) - Conservative and pro-life groups Wednesday welcomed news that a Florida judge has issued an emergency stay in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case preventing her husband from removing her feeding tube until 5pm Friday, but the groups said the temporary stay is not enough."The same judge who may eventually sign Terri Schiavo's death warrant today issued a temporary reprieve allowing her feeding tube to stay in place for at least two more days," said Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James Dobson in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal court in Nebraska Thursday declared the state's voter-approved marriage amendment unconstitutional after a challenge by two homosexual advocacy groups - Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union's Lesbian and Gay Project.
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 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) - 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) - 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) - 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 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 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, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - News that Pope John Paul II has seen and approves of Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of Christ," has elicited mixed reaction from the Anti-Defamation League, one of the film's biggest critics.Reports Wednesday said the pope screened the film and indicated through an intermediary his approval of the film's account of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from the Alliance Defense Fund.) (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday overturned an appeals court decision that found the state of Washington discriminated against a college student when it denied the student state scholarship money because he majored in pastoral ministries.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The California Supreme Court Monday upheld the murder conviction of a man who fatally shot a pregnant woman, but argued that he did not know she was pregnant.By a vote of 6-1, the court reinstated the conviction of Harold Taylor, who was convicted of two murder counts in the 1999 shooting deaths of Patty Fansler and her unborn baby. Fansler was 11-13 weeks pregnant. A state appeals court had reversed the murder conviction for the unborn baby, saying the law did not apply to Taylor because he was not aware of the pregnancy.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative college group has unveiled its list of top ten campus follies for 2003, and topping the list are a "gender blind" dormitory and a professor who required her students to write anti-war letters to President Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A black activist group protesting the representation of Jesus as a white man in the Mel Gibson-produced movie, The Passion of the Christ , now accuses the "mainstream media" of ignoring the issue.The New Black Panther Party is critical of Gibson's film because the group believes Jesus was a black man, not a white man as portrayed in the film. A group spokesman said the media is conspiring to cover up the racial issue.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group investigating Planned Parenthood's ties to the Girl Scouts organization has found that 26 percent of Girl Scout councils have relationships with the abortion provider."But what is even more surprising is that 79% of Girl Scout councils have not disclosed their position on Planned Parenthood by failing to answer a simple question - Do you have any relationship with Planned Parenthood?" said Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP International, in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Instead of gifts under the tree, the New York City school system is getting a stocking filled with lumps of coal for being the winner of the 2003 Ebenezer Award, an undistinguished "honor" given to the individual or group responsible for the most ridiculous affront to the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays.