NPR reporter Claudio Sanchez to speak at Lemke Project Celebration

Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the featured speaker at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Lemke Journalism Project. The event is free to the public and will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Springdale High School Performing Arts Center.

The Lemke Journalism Project is a program for high school students interested in writing about diversity issues in northwest Arkansas, sponsored by the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism.

The celebration, marking 10 years of training, will recognize the contributions of this year’s class, as well as those of the students, journalism professionals, educators and others who have supported the project. It will also acknowledge the $250,000 gift made in November 2010 by the Tyson Foods Foundation to help provide scholarships and program support.

Sanchez, a former elementary and middle school teacher, focuses on the “three p’s” of education reform: politics, policy and pedagogy. Sanchez’s education reports air regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

He joined NPR in 1989 after serving for a year as executive producer for the Latin American News Service, an El Paso-based daily national radio news service covering Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico border.

From 1984 to 1988, Sanchez was news and public affairs director at KXCR-FM in El Paso. During this time, he contributed reports and features to NPR’s news programs.

Sanchez is a native of Nogales, Mexico, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University, with post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Lemke Journalism Project celebration

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Where: Springdale High School Performing Arts Center
Speakers: Claudio Sanchez