Previously, as a key member of NPR's election unit, Sam covered the intersection of culture, pop culture, and politics in the 2016 election, and embedded with the Bernie Sanders campaign for several months. He was also one of the original co-hosts of NPR's Politics Podcast, which launched in 2015. His written work has been published in Politico and The Washington Post.
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 has spent time at three NPR Member stations as well: WUNC in North Carolina, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WBUR in Boston as an intern for On Point.
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, and continues his love/hate relationship with Twitter.
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