Host/ Writer/ Executive Producer
Sandra King has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries, news and public affairs programs – generally focused on issues of race, class and justice – for more than 30 years. She had covered legal and social issues for most of her long news career, before launching NJN’s acclaimed Due Process, which she writes, produces, reports and co-hosts.
A 1998-99 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, King’s awards include the American Film Institute’s Bennett Award for Best Locally Produced Documentary, the National Headliner Award, The American Women in Radio and TV’s Pinnacle Award, the Leigh Whipper Gold Award from the Philadelphia International Film Festival, the CPB’s Silver Medal, several Cine Golden Eagles and Telly Awards, as well as honors at the Chicago, Athens and Houston Film Festivals. She has also garnered 21 New York and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and more than 80 nominations.
In addition to her work for public television, King has lectured extensively on journalism and public policy and for 15 years taught TV journalism at Rutgers Newark. She also taught Writing and Documentary at Harvard following her stint as a Nieman fellow – the first New Jersey recipient of journalism’s highest academic recognition.
Among her numerous honors, King – who began her career in journalism as a reporter for The Star-Ledger and her broadcast career as a producer and public affairs show host for WNET/13 - has been a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Fund’s Civic Achievement Award, and has been named Rutgers-Newark Alumna of the Year, NJ Citizen Action’s Media Person of the Year, and a National Organization for Women “Role Model.” As a lifelong Newarker, in 2008 Ms. King was installed, along with novelist Philip Roth, in the first “class” of the Weequahic High School Hall of Fame.
King also serves as a member of the boards of trustees of the Newark Public Library, the Branch Brook Park Alliance and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.