Journalist * Documentary Filmmaker * Author
SANDRA GUZMÁN is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker. She has dedicated her art to amplifying the voices and stories of marginalized people and communities in various media platforms— magazines, newspapers, television, books, film, and the web.
Sandra was one of the producers of the American Masters documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am,” an inspiring film about her literary hero, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. She conducted powerful interviews with Morrison, as well as Morrison’s contemporaries and friends, including Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Peter Sellars, Hilton Als, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of the New Yorker and Morrison’s legendary editor, Robert Gottlieb among others. The film directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 and will air on PBS for the American Masters series.
“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am,” is Sandra’s fifth film collaboration with Greenfield-Sanders and was born after she completed reading Morrison’s entire oeuvre, for fun, in chronological order, during a two year period. Inspired by Morrison’s call to action for writers, when you want to read a book and it has not been written, you must write, she helped make a film she wanted to see. Sandra was the lead interviewer on “The Women’s List,” and shares interview credits on “The Boomer List,” and “The Latino List: Volumes I and II.” The films originally aired on PBS for American Masters and HBO, respectively. They are currently streaming on Netflix.
Sandra served as editor in chief of LATINA, the nation’s largest magazine for Latinx women. She was also editor of Heart & Soul, a wellness magazine for women of color. Furthermore, Sandra served as associate editor at the New York Post where she created and edited more than a dozen feature sections focusing on New York’s racial, ethnic, and religious communities.
Sandra is the author of the non-fiction tome, “The New Latina’s Bible: The Modern Latina’s Guide to Love, Family, Spirituality, and La Vida,” The feminist book is considered the go-to-guide for two generations of Latinx women.
Her work has appeared on CNN, Univision, NBC News, and the Daily News, among others. She is a contributing writer for NBC News online platforms NBC Latino and NBC Black. Sandra’s forthcoming memoir explores the power of art and literature to help heal ancestral trauma.
Her essay, “Gringo Reservations,” was included in Emily Bernard’s book, “Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships. She contributed a comic book story for the prize-winning Marvel Comic anthology, “Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico” produced by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and which raised funds for Puerto Rican grassroots organizations helping survivors of Hurricane Maria.
Sandra won an EMMY Award for producing a public affairs program on Telemundo about the five-decade old U.S. Cuban Embargo while working as an assignment manager and public affairs producer at Telemundo’s New York affiliate. She also served as a segment producer on the popular New York morning show, Good Day New York. She started her journalism career at El Diario-La Prensa, New York’s oldest Spanish language newspaper.
The Puerto Rico born-New Jersey raised independent journalist is a mother of two sons and a recipient of community service awards including Outstanding Achievement in the Arts from her alma mater, Rutgers University.
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
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