Polo Sandoval is a CNN U.S. Correspondent based in New York.
Polo Sandoval is a CNN U.S. Correspondent based New York.
He covers a wide range of breaking news stories across the country for CNN and its sister networks CNNI, HLN and CNN Español. During his time at CNN Newsource in Washington, D.C., Sandoval's responsibilities included daily custom coverage of national and international headlines for CNN's 800 English- and Spanish-speaking affiliates. He's also worked regularly with CNN U.S. on high-profile stories, which includes being on the ground for the outbreak of deadly tornadoes across the deep south, the tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing (2013), the riots in Baltimore (2015), the prison break in Dannemora, NY (2015), and the latest escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (2016), covered hurricanes that hit British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Houston (2017), he returned Rio Grande Valley (his hometown) to cover the controversial immigration child separation (2018), returned to south Texas to provide valuable on-the ground context and reporting regarding the border wall as the longest-running shutdown continued in Washington, D.C. (2019).
Sandoval worked at KRGV-TV, a local ABC affiliate in South Texas, before joining CNN. While he often worked the anchor desk, Sandoval's passion for storytelling developed as bureau chief along the Texas-Mexico border. His assignments included immigration, homeland security, drug cartels, and the resulting violence on both sides of the border. Assignments took Sandoval across the country for coverage of political conventions and often into Mexico, the country he grew up in.
Sandoval's work has been recognized by the Texas Associate Press Broadcasters and the Lone Star Emmy chapter. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and enjoys mentoring young, up-and-coming journalists. In 2018, Sandoval was awarded Texas State University's Young Alumni Rising Star.
Sandoval received a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Electronic Media from Texas State University in San Marcos. You can find him on Twitter: @PoloSandovalCNN