Rick Sanchez is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, correspondent and television news anchor.
Throughout his over 25-year career, Rick has reported on major events across the United States and around the world. He was on-the-scene covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and has reported from war zones in Nicaragua, the invasion of Grenada and the fall of the Jean-Claude Duvalier regime in Haiti. Rick has also reported live from Havana, Cuba many times and won an Emmy for his series titled, When I left Cuba.
In 2006, Rick anchored CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina, which won a Peabody Award. Rick went nearly 48 hours without sleep to cover the story, first anchoring from Atlanta and then flying to Louisiana where he reported live.
As the first national news anchor to use Twitter, Rick has always been passionate about the role social media can play in news. In 2009, NPR famously wrote, “CNN news anchor Rick Sanchez was tweeting before Twitter was cool.” And CNET described Rick as, “… one of the most popular users on microblogging service Twitter, with nearly 40,000 followers and a Twitterholic rank in the top 20.”
Rick used social networking to launch viewer-driven newscasts, connecting via Twitter, facebook and myspace to engage viewers in what he calls a “national conversation.”
Rick and his wife Suzanne have been married for over 20 years. They have four children, two dogs and a turtle, and live in suburban Atlanta.
For more on Rick and social media, check out:
The New York Times: What Are You Doing? Media Twitterers Can’t Stop Typing
Business to Business: Business to Business: Twitter King: CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Champions Micro-Blogging