About Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

sandoval Ricardo Sandoval-Palos is the public editor of PBS. In that role he serves as the interlocutor between the audience and PBS and the creators of the content that PBS airs.

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 The Sacramento 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 Club. Sandoval-Palos received his B.A. in Journalism from California’s Humboldt State University.

As public editor, Ricardo Sandoval-Palos serves as an independent internal critic within PBS. He reviews commentary and criticism from viewers and seeks to ensure that PBS upholds its own standards of editorial integrity. Read More >
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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.

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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. ...