Alex Sanz covers government and politics for WPTV NewsChannel 5. He also reports on the criminal justice system.
In 2013, he covered the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford. In 2012, he traveled the state to cover the Florida Republican Presidential Primary, the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and the presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton. He was one of the first journalists in the country to sit down with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan after he became the Republican vice presidential nominee. He was also part of a team of journalists who contributed reports to FLDemocracy2012 , a joint Web venture of The E. W. Scripps Company, its Florida television stations, the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and the Naples Daily News.
He covered the inaugural SpaceX mission to the International Space Station and the roll-out of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the successor to the space shuttle program. Alex continues to report on NASA. He joined WPTV, the highest-rated television station in Florida, in 2012.
Previously, Alex covered Harris County government and Houston City Hall for KHOU-TV in Houston, where he contributed a wide range of enterprise, general assignment and breaking news reports. He also, on occasion, filled in on the anchor desk. Alex was part of the KHOU 11 News team honored in 2012 by the Radio Television Digital News Association with two Edward R. Murrow Awards for its coverage of wildfires in Texas. Alex was the first journalist to broadcast live from Grimes County, Texas, as wildfires threatened three counties near Houston. His first reports, via broadband, were a key part of the "Texas on Fire" coverage honored by RTNDA .
Alex was nominated for a Lone Star EMMY Award in 2011 for his coverage of spot news. He was also honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters for spot news coverage and in the reporter category for his coverage of breaking news, homeland security, NASA and the earthquake in Haiti. He was part of the news team that led to KHOU 11 News This Morning being honored as the best morning newscast in Texas.
In 2010, Alex was nominated for a Lone Star EMMY Award for his coverage of NASA. That year, he was also honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters for his coverage of Harris County government. In 2008, Alex was part of the station's continuous, Lone Star EMMY and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Ike, reporting on coastal evacuations, the storm's landfall, its impact on the Houston area and the recovery efforts. A year earlier, his breaking news reports for KHOU 11 News This Morning contributed to the program's Lone Star EMMY nomination for best large market morning newscast. While in Houston, Alex filed reports for CBS Newspath , CBS News on LOGO, CBS Radio News and The Early Show. He also contributed to The Daily Wrap on the Wall Street Journal Radio Network.
He moved to Houston in 2007 after spending several years as a general assignment reporter at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. In Indianapolis, Alex was part of a team of reporters sent to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina along the United States Gulf Coast. Through his reports as an embedded reporter, he chronicled the journey of the Indiana National Guard in Mississippi. He also traveled to Mexico with the Indianapolis police and fire departments to report on their international training mission. His series, "Badges without Borders," received the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists first place award for Best Coverage of Minority Issues. The judges called it a story "well traveled, well told and well shot." He contributed reports to CNN, MSNBC, NBC News Channel and NBC Weather Plus while at WTHR .
Alex was a morning anchor and reporter at News 12 The Bronx in New York before joining WTHR in 2003. At News 12, he anchored the weekday morning newscasts and covered local, state and national politics. During his time in The Bronx, he co-anchored News 12 Network coverage of the Blackout of 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the loss of space shuttle Columbia. Alex also co-anchored News 12's weekly public affairs program, 2&1: Two Reporters and the Person of the Week.
He joined News 12 The Bronx in 2001 after working as a freelance reporter at WFTS-TV in Tampa. His television career began at the Channel One Network in Los Angeles, where he covered news across the country and around the world. As an anchor and correspondent for Channel One News, nearly nine million people in 12,000 secondary schools nationwide watched Alex's reports. His travels took him to over 30 states and nearly a dozen countries.
While at Channel One, he covered the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Central America, the drug war in Mexico and the worst tornadoes in Oklahoma's history. He also filed reports from The White House and Capitol Hill.
In 2000, The Imagen Foundation honored his feature "Hero Street," about the small town of Silvis, Illinois, with its Best Children's Programming Award. And in 1999, Channel One News followed him on a journey to Cuba where he traced his family's ancestry. Prior to joining the Channel One Network in 1998, Alex worked in morning-drive radio. He anchored news headlines at WMMS-FM in Cleveland and worked as an anchor and producer at WPLL-FM in Miami.
His career in journalism began at the Sun Sentinel, where he reported and wrote news and feature stories for the Metro, Sports, Lifestyle and Community News sections of the newspaper. While there, he received awards for his reporting and writing and was honored as a most valuable staffer.
Alex is a South Florida native who studied broadcast journalism at Florida International University in Miami. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from the University System of Maryland. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens' Academy - Houston Division.