While this may not be a familiar face, it’s likely a familiar voice to anyone who listens to public radio.
Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent for NPR, will be joining us as our keynote speaker at the Literacy Center of West Michigan’s Community Literacy Summit on January 25, 2018. The half day event, held at the Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, will address the topic Reading by Third Grade: Our Shared Opportunity, Our Shared Responsibility. Mr. Sanchez’s keynote will provide a national context for the conversation about grade level reading proficiency.
Mr. Sanchez, a former elementary and middle school teacher, focuses on the “three P’s” of education reform: politics, policy, and pedagogy. His reports air regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Weekend Edition.”
Mr. Sanchez joined NPR in 1989 after having served a year as executive producer for the El Paso-based Latin American News Service, a daily national radio news service covering Latin American and the US-Mexico border.
From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Sanchez was news and public affairs director at KXCR-FM in El Paso. During that time, he contributed reports and features to NPR’s news programs.
In 2008, Mr. Sanchez won First Prize in the Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting for his series, “The Student Loan Crisis.” He was named a Class of 2007 Fellow by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In 1985, Mr. Sanchez received one of broadcasting’s top honors, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for a series he co-produced, “Sanctuary: The New Underground Railroad.” In addition, he has won the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Best Spot News, the El Paso Press Club Award for Best Investigative Reporting, and he was recognized for outstanding local news coverage by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Claudio Sanchez is a native of Nogales, Mexico, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University, with post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.