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Kerry Sanders Biography – Kerry Sanders Wiki
Kerry Sanders is an American journalist and former correspondent for NBC News. He had been NBC’s Miami-based correspondent since 1996, covering news mainly in the South and throughout Latin America. Sanders contributed regularly to “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” MSNBC and occasionally to “Dateline NBC.”
Sanders covered breaking news and feature stories. He has more than 30 years experience providing in-the-field-reports during hurricanes. He was a member of the NBC Nightly News reporting team that was awarded a Peabody and the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Sanders was also one of NBC’s embedded reporters during the Iraq war, traveling with the U.S. Marine Corps. He reported on various battles, including the harsh 11-day conflict in Nasariyah. In addition, Sanders has extensively covered the war on terror in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.
Sanders has received other numerous national awards. He was a member of the NBC News team that won the Edward R. Murrow award in 2011 for his live coverage from the Titanic wreckage in the North Atlantic. He was awarded a 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Bronze Medal for his coverage of the 33 Chileans trapped deep in a mine. Sanders was awarded a National Headliner Award for his reporting from Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake.
In addition, he was awarded an Emmy as a member of the NBC News team reporting on the 2008 national election. He was also awarded an Emmy in 2005 as a member of the NBC News team reporting on Hurricane Katrina. In 2000, he won the Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage in Kosovo. In 1994 Sanders was honored with the prestigious Columbia-duPont, recognized for his reporting from Haiti as a military coup rocked the country. Sanders shared another Columbia-duPont award for his compelling coverage of the widespread devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Sanders was also a co-recipient of the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, and the George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Andrew and the aftermath of the storm.
Among other honors, Sanders also received the National Headliner Award (the Persian Gulf War, reporting from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), the Wolfson Media Award (Haiti: A Country in Crisis) and two regional Emmy awards.
Before he was hired by the network in May 1996, Sanders spent five years at WTVJ-TV, the NBC-owned station in Miami that has often served as a launching board for reporters destined for national careers. While at WTVJ, Sanders was a regular contributor for “Today.” His reports included coverage of the Alas Airline crash in the Dominican Republic, the American Airlines Crash in Columbia and the ATF siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
Sanders built the early portion of his television experience around learning to cover fast-breaking news in Florida, the nation’s fourth most populous state. Before settling in Miami, he worked for 5 and a half years at WTVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Tampa. In the early 1980s, Kerry worked at the ABC affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla. and the CBS affiliate in Ft. Myers, Fla. Long interested in foreign affairs and broadcasting, Sanders began his career as a 20-year-old in Lima, Peru. He was a newsreader for Radio del Pacifico.
Sanders grew up along the East Coast, spending most of his early years in Sudbury, Mass. He attended three high schools in Massachusetts, Peru and Orlando. Sanders graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a liberal arts degree (emphasis in journalism) in 1982.
While attending high school in Lima, Sanders learned Spanish, a language that is most helpful in Miami where often English is not spoken.
Kerry Sanders Retirement
In January 2023, correspondent Kerry Sanders retired from NBC News after 32 years at the network. His range as an award-winning reporter was celebrated on TODAY on Jan. 17 as he headed into retirement from a job that he began at NBC News in 1991.
“I think that I can’t believe that I had this amazing opportunity to join this family,” he said on TODAY. “I still pinch myself to think that you all welcomed me and that I was a part of this. It’s been a dream come true.”
He reasoned it was time for retirement after traveling around 200 days per year for the network. “My wife, Deborah, has been an amazing supporter, but we kind of sat and said, ‘This might be the right time,'” he added. “During the pandemic, we realized we do really good together all the time.”
Kerry Sanders Age
He was born on October 19, 1960, in New York, New York, United States.
Who is Kerry Sanders Wife?
Is Kerry Sanders married? NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders is married to his wife Deborah Sharp, an author and a former USA Today reporter.
Kerry Sanders Children
Does Kerry Sanders have children? He doesn’t have children.
Kerry Sanders Family
Journalist Kerry Sanders and his wife Deborah Sharp have no children together.
Kerry Sanders Salary
As a NBC News Correspondent, Kerry Sanders earned an annual salary of about $80,000.
Kerry Sanders Net Worth
Kerry Sanders’ net worth is estimated to be $2 million.
Kerry Sanders is of white ethnicity.
Kerry Sanders’ Instagram handle is @kerrynbc.