Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks has been a journalist for almost 40 years. Her twice-weekly columns explore the forces that shape our public conversations and impact our private lives.
Her career at the Times began in 1979 and has included stints covering the education, religion, criminal justice and race relations beats. She has also served as an editorial writer, assistant metropolitan editor and director of the newspaper’s internship programs. She an editor and reporter on the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Sandy’s work has been honored by a wide variety of journalism organizations and civic groups, including the California Teachers’ Association, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, the Southern California Psychiatric Society, the Watts Community Health Foundation, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Muslim Women’s League. She was recently named the Distinguished Print Journalist of 2013 by the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In addition to her work in print, Sandy has been a frequent guest on CNN, PBS, NPR and talk radio, providing commentary on a wide range of political and social issues. She is also a popular public speaker who draws on her personal life, professional adventures and story-telling skills to educate, inspire and entertain at civic conferences, charity fundraisers and corporate retreats.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is the mother of three daughters and has lived in Northridge for almost 30 years.