Known for her calm demeanor, Sandra has solo anchored during some of the biggest news stories in recent history. Sandra was live on the anchor desk to announce the death of Michael Jackson, and covered the deaths and funerals of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. She was a reassuring presence as a solo anchor during the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Santa Monica College shooting rampage. She also was the first anchor on television during the deadly shootout with former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, live as it happened. Sandra also anchored live coverage of the election of the new Pope, and the birth and introduction of the Royal Baby Prince George.
An engaging interviewer, Sandra has reported on Presidents and the Pope, and interviewed some of the most popular celebrities in Hollywood. A gifted storyteller, her biggest joy is telling the stories of ordinary people who make this world an extraordinary place. While in Los Angeles, Sandra has been awarded 3 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Mike Awards.
More recently, Sandra was awarded the prestigious Women in Media Genii Award for Excellence in Television. (Past winners include Ellen Degeneres, Lucille Ball and Whoopi Goldberg.)
Sandra is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Temple University School of Broadcast Journalism in Philadelphia. In 2012, The National Journalism Honor Society of her alma mater awarded her the Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award.
Before arriving in Los Angeles, Sandra reported and anchored in Huntsville, Alabama, New Orleans and St. Louis. In 1999 she made the jump to the west coast, working for the syndicated show “EXTRA,” before joining KCAL 9 and CBS 2. Sandra has traveled the world and worked all over the U.S., but now considers herself a true SoCal girl!
As a breast cancer survivor, Sandra shared her diagnosis and treatment with Los Angeles viewers. She continues to inspire and educate others through her work with numerous charities. She serves on the executive board of Susan G. Komen Los Angeles, and is one of the “Race For The Cure” top fundraisers in LA.
The patient steps out of the mammography room. She looks comfortable in her faded denim and scuffed brown cowboy boots. It has been five years since her diagnosis and she is back for her regular exam.
For 15 days I have been waiting for test results that will help my doctors and me decide if I need chemotherapy. There’s a reason why it’s called cancer patient…
The surgeon uses a blue sharpie to write the word “yes” on the right side of my chest. She is indicating where to operate.Yes, I whisper to myself, an affirmation.
Many of you might wonder why I am publicizing such a personal journey. I do it because it’s not just my story. It is the story of the 2.5 million women in the U.S. who are breast cancer survivors.
“Hit me with your Best Shot…” the voice of 80’s rocker Pat Benatar fills our SUV on this late summer morning. My husband and I are driving through Beverly Hills, on our way to meet my surgical oncologist for the first time.
I have started writing a blog to update my co-workers, family, friends and our viewers about my breast cancer ordeal. I intend this as a journey to recovery and hope.
They are part of a very unique sorority.
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