Meet the Team

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
Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is the first transgender contestant to compete In Miss Universe
CNNU.S.

The First Transgender Contestant Competes In Miss Universe

A man dressed as Santa Claus holds a Christmas tree
Getty ImagesU.S.

Artificial Christmas Trees Vs. The Real Deal: Is One Really Better?

Re-imagining of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" by Jirka Vaatainen
Jirka VäätäinenU.S.

Artist Illustrates Life-Like Disney Characters

Marvel's Shang-Chi
Marvel ComicsU.S.

Marvel May Be Fast-Tracking Its First Asian Superhero Movie

Beverage cups featuring the logo of Starbucks Coffee
Getty ImagesU.S.

Starbucks Will Ban Porn In All US Stores In 2019

Shoppers walk past the Dolce & Gabbana store in London
Dolce & GabbanaWorld

This Ad Campaign Could Threaten Dolce & Gabbana's Bottom Line

Inmate firefighters working on a wildfire
California Department of Corrections and RehabilitationU.S.

Hidden Heroes In California Fire: Inmate Firefighters

Mourners Attend Wake For Police Shooting Victim Stephon Clark In Sacramento
Getty ImageU.S.

Police Violence Is A Public Health Issue, Says National Health Group

Uber app
Getty ImagesU.S.

Uber's Bold Move To Protect Women: Tracking Sexual Assaults On Rides

(1944) Pvt. Moy Doo Pon and Pvt. Lee Ben Hong of the 446th Engineer Company are sworn in for citizenship.
 U.S.

WWII Chinese-American Vets Still Lack US Recognition, 73 Years Later

South Side Diabetes Project Food Tour
Madeline CarlU.S.

How One Community Is Tackling The Diabetes Gap In Its Backyard

AI created painting called "Edmond De Belamy"
ObviousTech

When Artificial Intelligence Creates Art, Who Owns It?

Lani Chan handles a Philippine artifact at the Field Museum
Madeline CarlU.S.

Reclaiming The Narrative: Filipino-Americans Co-Curate With Museum

An old photograph depicts Estrella Alamar with her sisters sitting by a Christmas tree.
Estrella Alamar / Madeline CarlU.S.

One Woman's Attempt To Preserve Filipino American History In Chicago

Man tosses his child in the air.
Video BlocksU.S.

Does 'Dear Abby' Have A Point About 'Foreign' Baby Names?

A scene from "Delano Manongs: Forgetten Heroes of the United Farm Workers Movement"
Marissa AroyU.S.

How Filipinos Shaped An American Labor Movement In The '60s

Matthew Shepard's mother, Judy, during a news conference 2007.
Getty ImagesU.S.

Some States Don't Protect LGBTQ From Hate Crimes

Supreme Court building at dusk
Getty ImagesPolitics

Supreme Court Justices Can Be Impeached — But It's Only Happened Once

Chicago Sun-Times Newsroom
Madeline CarlU.S.

How This Organization Is Trying To Save Local News

A team of women working
 U.S.

Asian-Americans Are Often Hired To Save Companies — Here's Why

Back view of a woman walking
Video BlocksPolitics

Why It Takes A While For Some Sexual Assault Victims To Come Forward

Christine Blasey Ford
Researchgate.net / CNNU.S.

Christine Blasey Ford's Treatment May Impact Sexual Assault Survivors

A scene from FEMA's PSA highlighting the aftermath of natural disasters.
FEMAU.S.

Why Do We Humanize Storms And Hurricanes By Giving Them Names?

A fireman runs as the World Trade Center crumbles after two planes hit the building September 11, 2001 in New York City.
Getty ImagesU.S.

9/11 Toxic Air Was Initially Met With Skepticism

Two people read the names of victims at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
9/11 Memorial & MuseumU.S.

Identifying 9/11 Victims Is Still A Priority 17 Years Later

Native Americans from many tribes celebrate during Indigenous Peoples' Day events
Getty ImagesU.S.

Native Women In Seattle Reported A High Rate Of Sexual Violence

Serena Williams wears her catsuit at the 2018 French Open.
Getty Images / Matthew StockmanSports

How Controversial Outfits Helped Shape Women's Tennis Fashion Today

Movie poster "The Martian"with the photoshopped face of John Cho
William YuU.S.

One Man's Mission To Have John Cho Star As A Leading Man

ESL class in Chinatown, Chicago
Ben SchamissoU.S.

Not So 'Crazy Rich.' Asians Have The Highest Income Inequality

Football Practice
Video BlocksU.S.

How #MeToo Is Changing How Men Cope With Sexual Trauma