Rene Sanchez leads Minnesota’s largest newsgathering and reporting operation, overseeing all aspects of the Star Tribune daily print editions and StarTribune.com, the state’s most visited website. Sanchez joined Star Tribune in 2004 and was quickly named Sunday editor. He has subsequently overseen the Metro, Business and Sports departments as well as special projects and investigative work. Sanchez was a key force behind coverage of the I-35W bridge collapse and other major local stories. He also helped lead the investigative project on daycare facilities that earned the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. He has also been deeply involved in the company’s digital strategy and structure.
Sanchez’s career began in New Orleans at The Times-Picayune, where his talent for local news emerged. In 17 years with The Washington Post, he rose to the national staff, covering education and national news. In his last six years there, he was based in Los Angeles, and covered stories ranging from the rise of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the tragic Columbine massacre.
The New Orleans native earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University.
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