After earning her degree in communication, Sandy Banks worked as a sports reporter for Cleveland’s Call & Post newspaper and as a police reporter for the Cleveland Press.
Then it was off to Los Angeles where she spent 36 years as a reporter, editor and columnist at the Los Angeles Times and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
“I loved just about every moment because of the issues/events I covered, the variety of positions I held and the culture of a newsroom that allowed me to develop, grow and thrive. I had a front row seat as history was made. The newsroom was a vibrant and nurturing place where I wasn’t afraid to take controversial stands or raise issues that were hard to talk openly about. I learned so much about the world and about myself,” she says.
Times in 2015 and is now a Senior Fellow with the Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the University of Southern California where she is researching ways to increase civic engagement in South Los Angeles through social media and targeted news sites. She also has a media consulting business and is working on a book about the science of bias.