Sam Sanders

Sam Sanders

Host, It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders (NPR)


Sam Sanders is a reporter and host of It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders at NPR. In the show, Sanders engages with journalists, actors, musicians, and listeners to gain the kind of understanding about news and popular culture that can only be reached through conversation. Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats within the organization, including field producer and breaking news reporter. Sanders graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a Master’s degree in public policy, with a focus on media and politics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas with a double major in political science and music.


NPR delivers podcasts to more ears than any other podcast publisher – delivering more than 1.37B downloads in 2018. And in 2019, NPR has more ways than ever for listeners to engage with NPR podcasts they love and brands to be heard alongside trusted, fact-based journalism and captivating storytelling. With expanded reach in platforms like smart speakers, NPR One, and live events, NPR offers brands unparalleled access to loyal podcast fans.

At the Winter Podcast Upfront, NPR’s will showcase our podcast capabilities through a conversation between NPR’s Senior Vice President of Programming and Audience Development, Anya Grundmann and marquee NPR podcast talent Sam Sanders, It’s Been a Minute; Kelly McEvers, Embedded; and David Greene, Up First and host of Morning Edition about creativity, audience engagement and innovation at NPR.

Gina Garrubbo, President & CEO, National Public Media, will provide opening remarks around NPR’s leadership in podcasting and audio, and speak to opportunities for brand alignment.

Full Schedule


08:00 AM

Opening Keynote

by Tom Webster of Edison Research

09:00 AM

Network Presentations

9:30 AM


12:20 PM
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