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Cat Sandoval

Culture Reporter

Cat hails from New York City and now embraces Chicago. She's a reporter, producer, shooter, editor, video journalist and entrepreneur all rolled up in one. She wears many hats with one focus: diversity and inclusion stories. Her goal is to shine light on Asian American stories. When not reporting, you can catch her kickboxing!

  Recent Work
Wong Kim Ark, father of U.S. birthright citizenship
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration / Andrew LawlerU.S.

The Father Of US Birthright Citizenship Is Nearly Forgotten

Men pray on the street during American Muslim Day Parade in New York City
Getty ImagesU.S.

How Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Can Have A Normalizing Effect On The US

Police administer naloxone as they try to revive a man who overdosed on heroin in Philadelphia
Getty ImagesU.S.

Naloxone Saves Lives, But Does It Also Enable Opioid Addiction?

Protestors Rally In Chicago Against Police Shootings Of African American Men
Getty ImagesU.S.

50 Years After MLK's Assassination, Activists Take Action

Man watches TV with a dog
Story BlocksU.S.

What's Driving Unoriginal Content In Film And TV Shows?

Demonstrators gather in Washington D.C. during the March for Our Lives rally March 24, 2018
GettyU.S.

Student Activists Highlight Gun Violence In Communities Of Color

Denver, CO: Students walk out of schools to address school safety and gun violence
Getty ImagesU.S.

Will The Student March Achieve What The Million Mom March Couldn't?

Student Poet Levi Miller performs at 2018 Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Competition
Cat SandovalU.S.

The Life-Changing Effect Of Poetry

People standing outside Catholic church at Manzanar Relocation Center, California 1943
Adams, AnselPolitics

Is The Preservation Of Japanese-American Internment Sites In Peril?

Image from Imaginary Friend Society video
Imaginary Friend SocietySci/Health

These Cartoon Characters Are Helping Kids Cope With Cancer

A patient receives dental treatment.
Getty ImageU.S.

How Dental Health Workers Are Filling Gaps In Tribal Dental Disparity

Natalie Portman in "Annihilation"
Peter Mountain - © 2018 Paramount PicturesEntertainment

Does 'Annihilation' Whitewash Its Lead Characters?

Wakanda's General Okoye stands among her all female special forces. Florence Kasumba and Danai Gurira in Black Panther (2018)
Walt Disney Pictures / "Black Panther"U.S.

'Black Panther' Cast Shows Progress, But Hollywood Diversity Doesn't

Students participate at Hip Hop Architecture Camp
Hip Hop ArchitectureU.S.

Youth Program Looks To Build Diversity In Architecture

Mirai Nagasu of the United States skates during the ladies single skating free skating section of the team event
Getty ImagesU.S.

Tweet About Olympic Skater Leads To Outrage Online

Tribune Tower along Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River.
Getty ImagesU.S.

What Happens When Newspapers Leave Their Iconic Buildings?

Photographers in action at Wimbledon 2016, London
Getty ImagesU.S.

#MeToo Is Highlighting Gender Disparity In News Photography

Marilyn Hartman mugshot from Chicago Police Department
Chicago Police DepartmentU.S.

'Serial Stowaway' Caught Again, Second Time In A Month

Joint Session in Congress
Getty ImagesU.S.

What Protests Can You Expect From Lawmakers At The SOTU?

President Donald Trump
The White HousePolitics

Expert Says Trump's 'Fake News Awards' Perpetuate Misinformation

Althea Garrison
Kevin McCrea / STM Productions, LLCU.S.

Althea Garrison: An Unintentional Transgender Pioneer In The US

Restaurant worker serves meals.
VideoBlocksBusiness

Federal Minimum Wage Is Still Stagnant Despite State, City Increases

Dr. Monica Peek chats with a patient
Ben SchamissoU.S.

Doctor's Dilemma: Confronting Racist Patients

Sky Cubacub dancing at a fashion show
Christopher Sonny MartinezU.S.

How Fashion Can Be A Political Statement Of Inclusion

3-D interactive hologram of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster
Ben SchamissoU.S.

New 3-D Hologram Forever Preserves Holocaust Survivors

DNAInfo And Gothamist Staffers Protest Decision To Close Down Local Papers
Getty ImagesU.S.

DNAinfo, Gothamist Closings Highlight An Issue With Local News

WWII veteran Celestino Almeda is honored at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
Getty ImagesU.S.

After The Better Part Of A Century, US Honors Filipino WWII Veterans

Chinoy Lumpia
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Filipinos Want You To Know Their Food Is More Than A Trend

Undocumented singer Stephanie "Soultree" Camba entertains a crowd in Chicago.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Undocumented Artist Channels Her Activism Through Music

Photographer Corky Lee takes photographs at the 54th Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Convention.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

How One Photographer Captured Asians In American History