Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

investigative journalist and editor

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor whose career has spanned nearly three decades. Most recently, for National Public Radio, he helped manage the network’s flagship Morning Edition show. Previously, he led global teams of investigative reporters for the Center for Public Integrity, and edited the science, health and environment reporting teams at the Sacramento Bee. From 1997 to 2006, Ricardo was Latin America correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He wrote extensively about crime, the bloody battle for supremacy among Mexico’s drug cartels, the serial murders of women on the border, and the rise to power of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Prior to his work abroad, Ricardo won national recognition for investigations into the savings and loan scandal, the deregulation of public utility companies, and profiteering in the unregulated business of international remittances.

Away from the newsroom, he co-authored of the biography “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement.”  Ricardo volunteers as a board member for 100 Reporters, and is also president of the board of directors for the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which provides research grants to independent investigative reporters around the world.