Loyola University Chicago

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Claudio Sanchez

School of Education

Claudio Sanchez

Education Correspondent, NPR

Former elementary and middle school teacher Claudio Sanchez is the education correspondent for National Public Radio. He focuses on the “three Ps” of education reform: politics, policy, and pedagogy. Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Weekend Edition.”

Sanchez joined NPR in 1989 after serving a year as executive producer for the El Paso–based Latin American News Service, a daily national radio news service covering Latin America and the U.S.–Mexico border. From 1984 to 1988, Sanchez was the 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 1985, 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 won the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Best Spot News and the El Paso Press Club Award for Best Investigative Reporting. He was also recognized for outstanding local news coverage by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In 2008, 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.

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.