Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Author, Speaker
Prize-Winning Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Author, Speaker
SANDRA GUZMÁN is a prize-winning journalist, producer, speaker, editor, and author. She has dedicated her writing, editing and producing career to amplifying the voices and stories of marginalized people and communities in various media platforms — magazines, newspapers, television, books, documentary films, and social media.
Sandra was one of the producers behind the American Masters documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am,” an artful film which examines the life and works of 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. She conducted interviews 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 New Latina’s Bible: The Modern Latina’s Guide to Love, Family, Spirituality, and La Vida,” The empowerment book is considered the go-to-guide for two generations of Latinx women.
Her work has appeared on CNN, Glamour, Univision, 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 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 for producing a public affairs program on the 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 morning show, Good Day New York. She started her journalism career at El Diario-La Prensa, New York’s oldest Spanish language newspaper.
Sandra is a recipient of many community awards including Outstanding Achievement in the Arts from her alma mater, Rutgers University.
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
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