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Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

Public Editor


Ricardo Sandoval-Palos is the Public Editor of the Public Broadcasting Service. He is the interlocutor between audiences and PBS and its community of content creators.

He is an award-winning investigative reporter and multimedia editor who's helped shape investigative reporting teams of nonprofit newsrooms and recently help found palabra, digital magazine published by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Ricardo is a former Supervising Editor of NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast. He was an editor with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and was Assistant City Editor at The Sacramento Bee newspaper. He spent a decade as a Latin America correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and The San Jose Mercury News. Before that, he was an investigative business reporter for The San Francisco Examiner and the Orange County Register.

Ricardo is also co-author of "The Fight In the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement," an award-winning history of the civil rights icon and the United Farmworkers Union.

Ricardo's work has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association, the Gerald Loeb Awards for Business Journalism, and the Los Angeles Press Club, among others

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He received his B.A. in Journalism from Cal-Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California.


Daniel Macy

Daniel J. Macy

Researcher for the Public Editor


Daniel J. Macy is Senior Associate in the Public Editor at the Public Broadcasting Service. He often is the first person at the PBS Public Editor’s office with whom viewers have contact, and he facilitates the Public Editor’s role as the interlocutor between audiences and PBS and its community of content creators. 

Macy is an experienced Washington, D.C. journalist with a history of public affairs and financial services regulation reporting. He was a markets editor for global media firm IHS Markit; was an editor and reporter for Thompson Media Group; and before that worked for 10 years in the corporate world, including at the headquarters of Lockheed Martin Corporation. 

Macy’s work has been published by Bloomberg LP and Bankrate, and he has contributed to BBC Radio and China International Radio. His news and editorial photography has been published in print and digital news outlets worldwide, including The Times of London and Crain’s Investment News, among others.

Macy received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Arizona.

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Former PBS President Christensen Dies at 79

Bruce Christensen, CEO and president of PBS from 1984 to 1993, died at the age of 79. “Throughout his tenure, colleagues praised him for defending PBS as it faced accusations that its programming had a liberal slant,” Current noted. 

Woodruff’s Last Day Behind the Anchor Desk Approaches

Several media outlets profiled veteran journalist and anchor Judy Woodruff as she prepares to wrap up her career behind the PBS NewsHour anchor desk Dec. 30. Working on the final election night in her current post, Woodruff was “too busy for nostalgia,” The New York Times declared in headline. Beltway newspaper The Hill noted her coming transition to special projects correspondent in a hard news story Nov. 11, but perhaps the most nuanced look at Woodruff’s career came courtesy of another news legend, Jane Pauley, who interviewed her for CBS Sunday Morning recently.    

FRONTLINE Honored for Local Investigative Journalism Project

PBS FRONTLINE received the 2022 Neil and Susan Sheehan Award for Investigative Journalism, the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute announced Oct. 17. Over the past four years FRONTLINE, presented by Boston’s WGBH and distributed by PBS, has conducted investigative journalism projects in communities that have lost local news sources. (See 'News Deserts' below.)

PBS Board Moves $8.1M Surplus from FY 2022 Into CEO Fund 

The Public Broadcasting Service ended its fiscal year 2022 with a surplus of $8.1 million, all of which the PBS board of directors voted to transfer to the CEO Roadmap to the Future Fund, reports Current

News Deserts

Do you live in a ‘news desert’? The University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism looks at the growing gaps in news coverage left by the closures of local newspapers around the country.  The report is available here

American Newspapers Keep Closing and ‘News Deserts’ Keep Growing

(June 29, 2022) Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan writes that one-third of U.S. newspapers will that existed two decades ago will be out of business by 2025, according to research made public from Northwestern University’s Medill School. 

Link to media release about the study and related multimedia downloads here.

Nonprofit Newsrooms a Promising New Model for Local News, Writes Margaret Sullivan

(Jan. 22, 2022) Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan writes that nonprofit newsrooms like the Texas Tribune, show promise as a prospective new model for struggling local news. 

Family-run Iowa Newspaper Spotlighted in PBS Doc About Local Journalism

A documentary about the struggles of local journalism – think newspapers that cover the daily news of a town like Storm Lake, Iowa (population: 10,000) – airs the week of Nov. 15 on PBS. The Storm Lake Times, the subject of the film, is the second smallest news organization ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. It fills a vital need in this rural community.  Poynter has a write-up on the project, as does The Houston Press

Nonprofit Newsrooms Increasingly Filling Local News Void

The latest Institute for Nonprofit News survey, known as the INN Index, found that a growing portion of nonprofit newsrooms are dedicated to local public affairs, Neiman Labs reported. 

When Texas Border Town Lost Its Only Paper, Local Start-up Filled Void

When the Southwestern border town of Del Rio, Texas, lost its only newspaper, a local man stepped in with an investment in print, turning his event-oriented website into a news outlet with a print edition. He’s helping fight back against the encroaching edges of a news desert.

...more on 'News Deserts' and what PBS can do about them (older coverage)

Against the growing phenomena of news deserts in the United States – areas where local news outlets have failed or have been gutted by the loss of ad revenue – PBS is being called upon to act. One suggested remedy is overhauling the way the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issues grants for public affairs programming, from a Washington, DC -based metric to spending decided by local news producers. ...

Why ‘Withering’ of Local News Landscape is Dangerous for Democracy 

(Sept. 1, 2020) PBS NewsHour interviews media critic Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post about so-called news deserts and what they mean for U.S. democracy.