Rene Sanchez // Editor and Senior Vice President

Rene Sanchez leads Minnesota’s largest newsgathering and reporting operation, overseeing all aspects of the Star Tribune daily print editions and, the state’s most visited website. He has been the Star Tribune’s Executive Editor since October 2013.


Sanchez joined the Star Tribune in 2004 as a regional writer and soon became the editor overseeing the paper’s Sunday edition. He subsequently presided over the Metro, Business and Sports departments as well as special projects and investigative work.


Sanchez has overseen Star Tribune investigative projects on dangerous daycare facilities, which earned the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, and on how Minnesota policies fail disabled adults, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for local reporting in 2016. Since he became Executive Editor, he has expanded the Star Tribune’s print edition and its digital content.


His journalism career began in his hometown of New Orleans, at The Times-Picayune. Later, he spent 17 years as a reporter at The Washington Post, writing about news in Washington D.C., then as a member of the paper’s national staff, covering education and breaking news across the country.


In his last six years at the Washington Post, he was based in Los Angeles, writing about California and the American West.


Sanchez, who lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University.