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PBS Names Veteran Investigative Journalist Ricardo Sandoval-Palos as Public Editor

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ARLINGTON, VA; May 14, 2019 — PBS has named Ricardo Sandoval-Palos as Public Editor and ombudsman. In this role, he will offer an independent editorial perspective on PBS programming, including matters raised by viewers. 

Sandoval-Palos will be responsible for examining matters of editorial integrity, journalism and production practice, and offer an objective perspective when responding to complaints or questions. The position is independent from PBS and reports directly to Paula Kerger, PBS President & CEO. Sandoval-Palos will begin his post as Public Editor on May 15, 2019.
 
For 16 consecutive years, Americans have ranked PBS and its member stations as the most trusted national institution. The Public Editor plays a vital role in upholding the high standards of editorial integrity and authenticity that audiences expect from PBS.
 
“Earning and preserving the public’s trust is our top priority at PBS,’’ said Kerger. ‘’We are thrilled to welcome Ricardo as our new Public Editor. He is a journalist of the highest integrity whose deep experience and passion for an independent press make him an ideal fit for this important role.” 
 
Sandoval-Palos has established himself as a high caliber investigative journalist and editor, having previously served as Senior Editor at InsideClimate News, Managing Editor at 100Reporters, Supervising Editor of NPR’s Morning Edition, Project Manager at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and assistant city editor at TheSacramento Bee. He was a Latin America correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and The San Jose Mercury News, and investigative reporter for Orange County Register and The San Francisco Examiner.
 
Sandoval-Palos’ work has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association, the Gerald Loeb Awards, Boston College’s Myers Center Awards and the Greater Los Angeles Press ClubSandoval-Palos received his B.A. in Journalism from California’s Humboldt State University.
 
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