Don Sanchez is the arts and entertainment reporter for ABC7 News. Before taking this position Sanchez was the weekday co-anchor of the ABC7 Morning News and has been with the station for over 30 years.
The veteran reporter and anchor has also been a general assignment reporter, co-anchored ABC7 News at 5 p.m. with Cheryl Jennings for seven years and co-anchored both the early morning news and the weekend news for over two years.
He joined ABC7 in 1972 as a general assignment reporter, and later he added the duty of sportscaster on the weekend newscasts as well as the news at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
You name it, he's probably covered it. In just the last year, he reported live from the Academy Awards; the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas; went searching the Santa Barbara County sand dunes for the remnants of Cecil B. Demille's 1923 film, 10 commandments; took us to the closing of the legendary Mustang Ranch outside of Reno; was live from New York at the premiere of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; covered the future of movie houses and the digital age; was ABC7's primary reporter on the Bay Area gas price crisis; interviewed the cast of the musical Rent in a hotel bed; and looked at the effects of the Loma Prieta earthquake 10 years later.
Sanchez was part of the ABC7 News team that was recognized for the coverage of that earthquake in October 1989 and received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, along with numerous other awards.
The station produced a 90-minute documentary on the quake with proceeds benefiting relief funds.
Sanchez and his three fellow co-anchors provided copies of that program to all of the ABC7 staff.
He was the station's full-time crime reporter in the 70's. Covering the Patty Hearst kidnapping and later trial, the zebra murders, and in one story, he captured a murderer's confession live on camera.
In 2000, Sanchez was inducted into the TV Academy's Silver Circle for recognition of over 25 years on the air in the San Francisco Bay Area market.
In addition to his news assignments, Sanchez has served as co-host of Good Morning Bay Area, the station's daily talk-variety morning program, hosting a veritable Who's who of show business stars.
Sanchez has received two news Emmy Awards from the TV Academy -- one for a harrowing white water river rafting adventure and the other for a series on Special Olympics athletes. That series was entered into an international competition by the local Special Olympics organization and it placed second in the worldwide competition.
He also won a third Emmy recognition for a Good Morning Bay Area interview discussion special.
Sanchez began his career when he was just 16-years-old with a weekly radio program in his hometown of Santa Maria, California. Sanchez graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in telecommunications.
Sanchez covers the entertainment, arts and culture beat in the Bay Area. He also contributes to The View from the Bay, ABC7's daily, live one-hour entertainment program that airs at 3 p.m. weekdays.