Sam Sanders (journalist)

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Sam Sanders is an American journalist and radio presenter. He is the former host of NPR's It's Been a Minute, a weekly podcast and nationally broadcast radio program.


Sanders attended the University of the Incarnate Word and the Harvard Kennedy School.[1][2][3] He joined NPR in 2009 as field producer and breaking news reporter. In 2015 he joined NPR's Election unit where he covered the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign and was one of the founding co-hosts of the NPR Politics Podcast.[4] In 2017, he created and hosted a pop culture podcast and radio show at NPR, It’s Been a Minute.[5]

After 12 years, Sanders left NPR in 2022 and joined Vulture where he hosts a pop culture podcast called Into It.[6]

In August 2022, Sanders launched a podcast with Sirius XM's Stitcher called Vibe Check, focussing on "news and culture from a Black and queer perspective." The podcast is co-hosted by Sanders, Zach Stafford, and Saeed Jones.[7]


Sanders grew up in San Antonio. He is gay and has a partner.[8][9]


  1. ^ Kathleen Petty (August 2018). "A Few Minutes with Sam Sanders". San Antonio. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  2. ^ David Oliver (March 24, 2021). "Host Sam Sanders calls out NPR, media industry for lack of diversity: 'It doesn't sit well'". USA Today. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  3. ^ Dennis Norris II (July 30, 2018). "How NPR's Sam Sanders Became The Most Vocal Queer, Black Voice On The Radio". Into More. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  4. ^ Greta Jochem (February 9, 2018). "NPR's Sam Sanders Is Moving to Los Angeles, But First He's Doing a Live Show in DC". Washingtonian. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  5. ^ Ugwu, Reggie (2022-07-29). "Reintroducing Sam Sanders". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  6. ^ Vulture, Vulture (2022-07-19). "It's Time to Clear Your Podcast Queue". Vulture. Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  7. ^ Chan, J. Clara (2022-08-03). "Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones and Zach Stafford to Host Culture Podcast on Stitcher". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  8. ^ dennis.norris.ii. "How NPR's Sam Sanders Became The Most Vocal Queer, Black Voice On The Radio". INTO. Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  9. ^ "Longform Podcast #497: Sam Sanders · Longform". Longform. Retrieved 2022-08-18.

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