Jonathan Sanders

Jonathan Sanders, an Emmy, Edward R. Murrow award winning veteran international reporter and Fulbright scholar is a noted telecommunication innovator and devoted classroom teacher. He joined the Stony Brook University School of Journalism faculty in January 2012.Dr. Sanders spent many years as the CBS News Moscow Correspondent. He has worked for The Discovery Channel, PBS, and Link TV. A widely published still photographer Sanders has had several one man shows in several countries.

Jonathan Sanders on CNN

Jonathan Sanders on CNN. Photo: Joe Ryder

In a career where he has helped find suitable application for cutting edge technologies at research universities, recently Professor Sanders has helped pioneer international broadcasting over internet protocols as senior anchor and reporter for

Sanders began his career in journalism when John F. Kennedy was President as a newspaper delivery boy. For mainstream media, the underground press, and the propaganda organs of anti-American governments he has covered and commented upon everything from Princess Dianae’s visit to New York, to Presidential campaigns, to pirates in the Indian Ocean, to holiday traffic jams, nuclear plant meltdowns, to girls’ hockey, to beats (the White House, the State Department, the UN, the Kremlin, London) to coups in Moscow, to urban insurrections, to terrorist incidents and murders.

For four decades, his work has focused on/ freedom of expression/ and the consequences of repression. Sanders covered five wars in the Caucuses, urban insurrection in Vilnius, Riga, Moscow, Grozny, Warsaw and Paris. His reporting on the Beslan school siege, although effectively banned in Russia, won him the MediaSoiuz “Golden Verb” award for outstanding foreign reporting in 2005. His broadcast, “Hostage” a 48 Hours Special, CBS won the Edward R. Murrow Award of the Overseas Press Club and he received the 2006 Emmy award for coverage and reporting on Beslan. His film documentary “Three Days in September,” narrated by Julia Roberts premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy Award, exhibit at film festivals around the world and is still shown in rotation on Showtime . A film he directed, with his partner in New Sand House Productions, Carole Newhouse on the oldest African-American musical organization in North America, the New Amsterdam Musical Association, premiered at the 2007 Harlem Screen on Stage Festival.

Jonathan SandersCombining practical experience and academic training (he holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and was a Fulbright scholar in both the Soviet Union and Finland), Sanders has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism of Princeton University. He has also taught at Columbia College, the School of International Affairs, Columbia University, SUNY-Purchase, and Fordham University. Dr. Sanders was the founding Assistant Director of the Harriman Institute. He created and directed, 1981-1987 “The Working Group on Soviet Television,” one of the world’s leading scholars of Russian & Soviet visual culture, primarily photography and television, he is the author of two books, Russia 1917: The Unpublished Revolution (New York: Abbeville Press 1989) and [with Heidi Hollinger, an introduction by Mikhail Gorbachev], The Russians Emerge (New York: Abbeville Press, 2002) as well as numerous articles (for instance, “Father Knows Best Meets Gunsmoke: Russia’s New Television World’” and  "Propaganda in The Propaganda State.” He has written widely on a diverse range of subjects ranging from “Drugs and Revolution” to “Comrade X Was Wrong” to “Moscow Works: The Foreman-in Chief’s Story”.

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Of late his written work focuses on streaming technology including,[with Professor Beth Knobel, Fordham Unviersity] “Samizdat 2.0: The Dymovsky Case and the Use of Streaming Video as a Political Tool in Contemporary Russia,” International Journal of E-politics 3(1) 26-41 January-March 2012.

Currently he is working with longtime film partners at ABA Media and the Computer History Museum in California on a multi-hour documentary series about Cybernetics, East & West as well as several feature film (not-nonfiction) projects.

Dr. Sanders lives in Stony Brook, NY, New London, Connecticut and Vladikavkaz, Russia.

Jonathan Sanders with long-time subject and source Boris Yeltsin

Jonathan Sanders with long-time subject and source Boris Yeltsin

Recent work

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Jonathan Sanders

Associate Professor
N4022 Frank Melville Jr. Library