Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders is an Emmy-award winning and an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist, who is passionate about empowering people through visual storytelling.

In June 2020, Jennifer joined KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, as a weekend anchor. She now anchors KXAN News at noon and KXAN News at 4 p.m. She was previously the morning news anchor at NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse, New York. Before moving to Central New York, she was a multimedia journalist at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas. Prior to that, she was a writer/web producer at KDAF-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Jennifer has produced numerous pieces of award-winning content. Her documentary, “Hidden History: The End of Syracuse’s 15th Ward”, was the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow award, a Syracuse Press Club award and was nominated for an Emmy.  After the documentary aired, she traveled across Central New York speaking on various panels discussing urban renewal, redlining and other policies highlighted in the documentary that could impact the future of the region. Her documentary, “Hidden History: Syracuse 8”, was also nominated for an Emmy. In 2021, her documentary, “Hidden History: Syracuse Congress of Racial Equality” also won a Regional Murrow Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In 2022, Jennifer won a Lone Star EMMY award in the news category for Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, for her special report entitled, “Housing History: Racial Displacement in Austin”.

In addition to Jennifer’s daily anchoring and storytelling for various newscasts at her station, she’s had the opportunity to interview Oprah Winfrey and cover President Barack Obama’s visit to Cooperstown, New York.

As a former professor at Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Jennifer is passionate about mentoring youth and college students. After a life-changing trip to Africa, she continues to find ways to provide humanitarian aid across the world.

She proudly serves on Texas Lutheran University’s Board of Regents. She is a proud member of The Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Both organizations are dedicated to serving men, women and children across Central Texas and the world.

As the daughter of retired military parents (Army), she has lived throughout Europe and the United States, but is from San Antonio, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/Spanish from Texas Lutheran University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. 

You can email Jennifer at jennifer.sanders@kxan.com.

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