Sam Sanders 2016
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Sam Sanders 2016
Stephen Voss/NPR

Sam Sanders

Reporter, Washington Desk

As a key member of NPR's election unit, Sam Sanders is covering the intersection of culture, pop culture, and politics in the 2016 election. A mix of breaking news and feature reporting, his work is heard on NPR's flagship news programs and read on NPR.org. Sanders travels the country looking for the stories behind the horserace, catching trends before they're trends, and making politics relatable to people who might not actually like politics. He also cohosts NPR's Politics Podcast, which launched in 2015.

Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats within the organization including field producer and breaking news reporter. He's spent time at three member stations as well: WUNC in North Carolina, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WBUR in Boston, as an intern for On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Sanders graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a Master's degree in public policy, with a focus on media and politics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas, with a double major in political science and music.

In his free time, Sanders runs, eats bacon, discusses the tortured genius of Kanye West, and continues his love/hate relationship with Twitter.

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A Glimpse Of History, As Museum Of African American History Opens

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National Museum Of African American History Prepares For Grand Opening

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Trump Continues Black Outreach Efforts By Campaigning At Detroit Church

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Trump Visits Detroit Black Church In Outreach Effort

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Trump's Outreach To Black Voters May Really Be About White Voters

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Data Scientists Find Consistencies In Donald Trump's Erratic Twitter Strategy

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Trump Refuses To Back Away From Claim Obama Founded ISIS

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Despite Campaign Stumbles By Their Candidate, Trump Fans Remain Loyal

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After A Night Of Jeers And Booing, Sanders Supporters Begin To Consider What's Next

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Bernie Sanders Supporters Rally Amid Controversy Over DNC's Role

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Donald Trump's Outreach To Black Voters Overshadowed At Convention

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