A professionally known Rick Sanchez was born on July 2, 1958 in Guanabacao, Cuba, a township of Havana. At the age of two, he with his family shifted to the United States. He spent his childhood in Hialeah, Florida, a suburb of Miami. He graduate in 1977 from Hialeah High School. Sanchez got a football scholarship to Minnesota State University Moorhead and then transferred to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on a CBS/WCCO Journalism Scholarship in 1979.
Sanchez began his career while he was still in college at WCCO’s satellite sister station KCMT in Alexandria, Minnesota. In 1982, he was hired by WSVN in Miami and became a weekend anchor. He worked for KHOU in Houston before he got an anchor position with WSVN. Sanchez won an EMMY Award in 1983 for the series named I left Cuba. Sanchez was hired as a correspondent for MSNBC in 2001.
He also provided breaking news coverage for CNBC and NBC National radio at the same time. After he left MSNBC he hosted a local talk show on WTVJ. He started working as an anchor and contributor for CNN in 2004. During his professional days, he reported on major events across the United States with many channels and broadcast and finally worked for CNN.
He began hosting his own two-hour show on January 18, 2010. He was the first national news anchor to use Twitter and the first one to built a newscast around social media and interaction with viewers. He brought the viewers into the story and gave them the platform where they can b heard. Rick showed that the questions and opinions of viewers mattered just as much as anyone in front of the camera.
Hosting his own show “Rick’s List”, Sanchez again took over the 8 pm EST slot after the cancellation of Campbell Brown’s show. He was also the part of CNN’s Peabody Award winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2011 July 27, he started a job as a radio announcer for Florida International University. Sanchez also provided analysis of the FIU football team in September 2011.
He was on the scene covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. He also has reported in war zones in Nicaragua, the invasion of Grenada and the fall of the Jean-Claude Duvalier regime in Haiti. Rick has interviewed many newsmakers and world leaders including Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev and Manuel Noriega.
Sanchez is married to Suzzane and the couple has three sons and one daughter. Sanchez was once caught in a controversy. He became angry when his show was replaced by CNN’s new Parker Spitzer talk show as well as the jokes made at his expense on The Daily Show. The next day, when the remarks came he was fired by the company. He once called President Barak Obama “The Cotton Picking President” and for which he apologized later. In 2012, Sanchez joined FOX News and now he is a columnist for their FOX News Latino website. He is also a news contributor to FOX News Channel for MundoFox .