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, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group has filed a lawsuit Friday against San Francisco's mayor for violating California state law on marriage by issuing of marriage licenses to homosexual couples. "State law is very clear that marriage is only for a man and a woman, as it should be," said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families (CCF), a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan family issues leadership organization.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Louise Melling, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project.) (CNSNews.com) - Federal trials begin this week on the constitutionality of the partial-birth abortion ban, and a law firm defending the ban is confident it will prevail.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An American cosmetics company denies any of its Chinese sales force were fired for refusing to sign a pledge not to practice or advocate for Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline involving exercise and meditation that has been outlawed by the Chinese government.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Denver man is suing AT&T Broadband after he was fired for refusing to sign off on "tolerance" portions of the company's employee handbook that he felt violated his religious beliefs.The handbook contained a provision that "each person at AT&T Broadband is charged with the responsibility to fully recognize, respect and value the differences among all of us," including "sexual orientation."Albert Buonanno said his religious beliefs prevented him from condoning or approving of homosexuality.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes reaction from Ray Flynn, national president of Your Catholic Voice.) (CNSNews.com) - The Massachusetts Constitutional Convention Monday voted for an amendment that would create civil unions if the state's residents vote to protect marriage.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A ranking member on the House International Relations Committee Thursday accused the Mary Kay, Inc., cosmetics company of contradicting itself in its defense of a pledge that its Chinese saleswomen were asked to sign regarding the Falun Gong, a spiritual practice outlawed by the Chinese government.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. congressman is calling for an investigation into a University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill professor who allegedly defamed one of her students in an email sent to his classmates.Elyse Crystall, an instructor at the campus, allegedly sent a mass email to students enrolled in her English 22 class, charging that one of her students was a "white, heterosexist, Christian male," who felt "entitled to make violent heterosexist comments" - comments that she charged was tantamount to "hate speech" and she added she would not tolerate.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is calling on Congress to approve a federal marriage amendment, saying the Defense of Marriage Act is vulnerable to "activist judges."The Family Research Council has placed a full-page ad in Roll Call on the same day the House Constitution Subcommittee holds a hearing on the issue.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is criticizing an amendment to a measure that would protect traditional marriage in Minnesota.State Sen. Don Betzold's (D-Fridley) amendment would preclude the courts from defining marriage in Minnesota. "We strongly oppose Senator Betzold's amendment," said Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council. "While supposedly protecting the traditional definition of marriage from activist judges, it would allow gay marriage in Minnesota without a vote of the people."
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A public interest law firm Friday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that said a Ten Commandments display outside four Ohio public schools was unconstitutional. The case stems from a lawsuit filed in 1999 challenging the display, entitled Foundations of Law and Government," which also included monuments highlighting the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and the Code of Justinian. The school board included a disclaimer to the monument, saying it does not endorse religion.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - First San Francisco, Calif., now a county clerk in New Mexico's Sandoval County may begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. "It is quite clear that the tyranny of four judges in Massachusetts last November has left every state and county in this nation vulnerable to having same-sex 'marriages' forced upon them," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in a statement Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - What college takes the top award for the most shocking example of political correctness in higher education? According to the Collegiate Network's 7th annual Campus Outrage Awards, also known as the "Polly Awards," two schools are tied for first place.At Yale University, a student-sponsored "Sex Week at Yale" used school funds, facilities and the help of school faculty and administrators. The events were co-sponsored by an adult film company and even included a porn star as a keynote speaker.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A plan to turn a Florida prison into a faith-based program is raising the ire of a liberal watchdog group. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State opposes Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to convert the Lawtey Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Bradford County, into a facility run along religious lines.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Americans United for Separation of Church and State.) (CNSNews.com) - Liberals and homosexual advocates booed the president's decision to support a federal amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. "It is wrong to write discrimination into the U.S. Constitution and it is shameful to use attacks against gay and lesbian families as an election strategy," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is urging a Catholic cardinal to block Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu from speaking at a Catholic church in Chicago, Ill., because of Tutu's pro-abortion views.The American Life League is opposed to Tutu's upcoming appearance at St. Sabina's Catholic Church.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: The following contains references to language the reader may find offensive.)(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is calling on Congress to "clean house" at the FCC. The demand follows the FCC's ruling in October that the "f-word" does not violate the commission's obscenity standards.The issue took on new life this month, after unbleeped and unedited profanities, including the f-word, were broadcast live to the East Coast on the Billboard Music Awards program.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(Clarification: Corrects reference to Bible verse in third paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - One day before it debuts in theaters, a black activist group is protesting the Mel Gibson-written, directed and produced "The Passion of the Christ" film, not because of the film's violent depiction of Jesus Christ's final hours. Instead, they say the film is historically inaccurate because Jesus is portrayed as a white man, not a black man.
July 7, 2008, 8:03 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A top Internet portal's Valentine's Day promotion honoring 12 "trailblazing couples" from "100 years of sexual and romantic revolution" is being met with criticism from conservatives and family groups. The list, compiled by MSN, pays homage to, among others, Bill and Hillary Clinton, the 20th century writers and homosexual lovers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and the infamous bank-robbing couple Bonnie and Clyde.
July 7, 2008, 8:03 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A leading homosexual rights advocacy group Friday called on the Boy Scouts of America to "end discrimination" against homosexuals and called for the teaching of "gay history" in schools.At a breakfast briefing in Los Angeles, top legal strategists from the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund outlined what they consider to be leading discrimination problems facing homosexuals.
July 7, 2008, 8:03 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The upcoming appearance of National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston at a Catholic university is generating controversy, but not for what you might think. The controversy is over comments made by another conservative who plans to introduce Heston at the event.