Clayton Sandell

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Clayton Sandell is an ABC News Digital Correspondent based in Denver. In this role he files stories for "Good Morning America", "World News with Diane Sawyer",... Read More »

Clayton Sandell is an ABC News Digital Correspondent based in Denver. In this role he files stories for "Good Morning America", "World News with Diane Sawyer", "Nightline", ABC News Radio and ABCNews.com.

Sandell covers a wide range of breaking news across the West, in addition to stories on climate change, space exploration and the science behind extreme weather. He's reported on wildfires and avalanches, the Texas trial of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs, the FBI's hunt for serial bank robbers, Najibullah Zazi's plot to bomb New York subways and the infamous "Balloon Boy" hoax.

Prior to his post in Denver, Sandell was a producer for "World News with Charles Gibson," and "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" based in Washington D.C.

In 2010, Sandell received an Emmy award as part of the ABC News team that covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009 to cover the U.N. Climate Change Conference. Along with correspondent Bill Blakemore, Sandell went to Greenland in 2007 and has made two trips onboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy to follow scientists researching the effects of climate change in the Arctic region. In October 2007, he went to China with correspondent David Kerley to produce a special series on toy recalls and food safety.

In April 2007, Sandell helped cover the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech University. From the U.S. and the Caribbean he has reported on the approach and aftermath of numerous hurricanes, including Hurricane Ike that struck Texas in 2008 and category-four Hurricane Wilma that hit Cancun Mexico in 2005.

He was in Haiti in February 2004 during the violent uprisings that led to the ouster of President Jean Bertrand Aristide, and also covered the trials of the two men eventually convicted in the 2002 DC-area sniper murders.

Prior to joining "World News," Sandell was an associate producer for the "Sam Donaldson: Live in America" radio program and the "SamDonaldson@ABCNews.com" daily webcast. He joined ABC's Washington bureau in September 2000, working on the assignment desk.

Before coming to ABC News, Sandell worked as a reporter at Los Angeles news radio station KFWB-AM. During that time he also produced and edited award-winning science and nature documentaries for the Finley-Holiday Film Corporation in Whittier, California. He began his professional broadcasting career in Southern California, first as a DJ at KRTM-FM radio in Temecula and then as a reporter and anchor at KCKC-AM news-talk radio in San Bernardino.

Sandell graduated from the University of California Riverside with a degree in political science.

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'Multiple films' still in 'Star Wars' pipeline, sources say
Clayton Sandell
Jun 21, 2018 03:03 PM Story from GMA/Culture Clayton Sandell, ABC News
New 'Solo' clip released on 'Star Wars' Day
Clayton Sandell
May 04, 2018 11:57 AM Story from GMA/Culture Clayton Sandell, ABC News
Arizona teachers end their 6-day walkout
Clayton Sandell
May 04, 2018 12:35 PM Story from GMA/News Clayton Sandell, ABC News
'Fem-splaining' 'Star Wars': New docu-series dives into female sci-fi fandom
Clayton Sandell
May 04, 2018 04:08 AM Story from GMA/Culture Clayton Sandell, ABC News
Hunter charged with federal crimes for allegedly leading illegal elephant hunts
Clayton Sandell
May 21, 2018 04:47 PM Story from International Clayton Sandell, ABC News
A rare glimpse into the family life of 'Star Wars' icon Mark Hamill
Clayton Sandell
Apr 12, 2018 04:15 PM Story from GMA/Culture Clayton Sandell, ABC News
Back-flipping FBI agent who accidentally shot Denver nightclub-goer charged with assault
Clayton Sandell and Bill Hutchinson
Jun 12, 2018 06:11 PM Story from US Clayton Sandell and Bill Hutchinson, ABC News
Judge orders back-flipping FBI agent to stay away from man he's accused of accidentally shooting
Clayton Sandell and JULIA JACOBO
Jun 13, 2018 01:09 PM Story from US Clayton Sandell and JULIA JACOBO, ABC News
Where 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' fits in with the rest of the films
Michael Rothman and Clayton Sandell
May 24, 2018 08:37 AM Story from GMA/Culture Michael Rothman and Clayton Sandell, ABC News
Blackout not expected in Hawaii even if lava reaches power plant, officials say
Clayton Sandell and Justin Doom
May 23, 2018 05:57 AM Story from US Clayton Sandell and Justin Doom, ABC News
Thousands of teachers seize Oklahoma capitol building to demand education funding
Clayton Sandell and Bill Hutchinson
Apr 03, 2018 01:43 PM Story from US Clayton Sandell and Bill Hutchinson, ABC News
More than 1.4 million students miss class as teachers in two states leave school in fight for education funds
Clayton Sandell and Bill Hutchinson
Apr 26, 2018 02:18 PM Story from US Clayton Sandell and Bill Hutchinson, ABC News
Mark Hamill on his ‘Star Wars’ goodbye to Carrie Fisher
Clayton Sandell and Michael Rothman
Mar 23, 2018 08:24 AM Story from GMA/Culture Clayton Sandell and Michael Rothman, ABC News
1st 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' trailer debuts: 5 burning questions
CLAYTON SANDELL
Feb 05, 2018 10:56 AM Story from GMA/Culture CLAYTON SANDELL, ABC News
Exclusive 'Star Wars' clip hints at major turning point for 'Rebels'
CLAYTON SANDELL
Feb 13, 2018 04:56 PM Story from GMA/Culture CLAYTON SANDELL, ABC News
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