Journalism Leaders Ricardo Sandoval-Palos and Edward Wasserman Join FAC Board

The First Amendment Coalition today announced the election of veteran journalists Ricardo Sandoval-Palos, public editor of PBS, and Edward Wasserman, professor and immediate past dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, to its board of directors. 

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

Sandoval-Palos serves as the independent internal critic within PBS, reviewing commentary and criticism from viewers and ensuring internal standards are met. He joined the public broadcasting organization following a long career as an investigative reporter and editor, with leadership roles at NPR’s Morning Edition, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, nonprofit news sites InsideClimate News and 100Reporters, and major newspapers in California and Texas. 

Ed Wasserman

Wasserman just stepped down as dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, a position he held since January 2013, and is now a full-time faculty member with a specialty in media ethics. He helmed the venerable journalism program after a decade as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University, which followed a 25-year career as a journalist, editor, and media executive.

Sandoval-Palos and Wasserman join a 24-member board composed of working and retired journalists, lawyers, publishers, executives and community leaders. 

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One Comment

  • July 31 2020

    Hello Ricardo

    What’s with the PBS News Hour these days and the obvious left bias in the reporting?

    I would have hoped that a predominately public-funded news program would be less partisan and be more focused on factual news, without the spin. I am neither Republican nor Democrat but find PBS News Hour’s pandering to minority groups and confirmation bias distasteful.

    PBS News Hour has recently devoted most airtime to news concerning minority groups which does require coverage. That said, how about news relating to Americans in general and the rest of the world?

    Where have all the honest journalists gone?

    I request that my name or personal information is not made public.

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