Flatland lands reporter


Posted by Bob Evans

Kansas City Journalist Mary Sanchez

Joins Flatland as Senior Reporter

Sanchez Brings Deeper Perspective to Civic Affairs Coverage

KANSAS CITY, MO., Nov. 8, 2021 Kansas City PBS has announced well-known local journalist Mary Sanchez has joined Flatland, Kansas City PBS’ online journalism platform, as a senior reporter.

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Mary brings a tremendous depth of knowledge about the inner workings of Kansas City and an incredibly deep and wide source network,” said Chris Lester, managing editor for Kansas City PBS. “She will play a key role as we expand our civic affairs reporting and lean into the development of content around the new Flatland TV show. I am thrilled to welcome her aboard.”

In her role, Sanchez will work closely with the growing Flatland news team to produce in-depth stories and multimedia news content focused on important civic affairs topics in the Kansas City area. Sanchez, like Lester, previously worked at The Kansas City Star.

“My approach to journalism lies in providing a nuanced, broader look at complicated and critical issues,” Sanchez said. “Kansas City PBS approaches storytelling in the same way: bringing context and insight to complicated matters through a lens of thoughtful, fact-based explanation, rather than hyping up tensions or ramping up animosity.”

With a storied career of telling important local and national stories, Sanchez is a familiar face at Kansas City PBS, previously serving as a Flatland contributing reporter and appearing as a frequent guest on Kansas City Week in Review. She also is a nationally syndicated columnist with Tribune Content Agency. Previously, Sanchez worked at The Kansas City Star, where she was a metro columnist, a member of the editorial board and spent years reporting on race, class, social and criminal justice, immigration and educational issues. She is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.

“I am particularly excited to join Flatland and Kansas City PBS during such a strong period of expansion,” Sanchez said. “Kansas City PBS’ participation in the emerging KC Media Collective, as well as its own talented team of reporters and producers, make it the perfect place for me to serve our community. I know that I’ll not only be able to make an impact here but also continue to learn, grow and tell important stories to Kansas Citians.”

For more information and the latest from Flatland, visit flatlandkc.org.


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Located in the heart of Kansas City, MO, Kansas City PBS is a non-profit multimedia organization that has served the community since 1961. The PBS member station airs diverse content focused on civic affairs, science, food, drink, arts and culture on four television channels, including Channel 19.1, 19.2, 19.3 (Create) and 19.4, the 24-hour PBS kids channel. Channel 19.1 and 19.4 are also available to livestream online, with on-demand programming in the PBS Video App and Kansas City PBS Passport, a member-benefit streaming service. Kansas City PBS serves students, caregivers and the local education community through free, online resources, workshops for parents and teachers, and annual conferences and events. It also owns and operates the local NPR music station, 90.9 The Bridge, providing nonprofit radio in a AAA format to listeners over the air and online streaming. Kansas City PBS’ nonprofit source for local journalism, Flatland (flatlandkc.org), produces multimedia reporting focused on civic affairs, arts and culture, food and drink, and education. For more information on Kansas City PBS or its wide variety of local and national content, visit kansascitypbs.org.

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