Sarina Sandoval is a Sacramento native and California State Northridge graduate (go Matadors!), but she has spent the majority of her adult life in SoCal. For Sarina, NorCal and SoCal both hold a special place in her heart. Before joining Spectrum News 1, Sarina spent the past two years as a reporter, anchor, and producer in Oregon on KTVL (CBS). Today, Sarina is passionate about telling stories on issues that affect communities throughout SoCal and hopes to utilize her power as a journalist to make a difference.
Out of the various stories Sarina has covered, her most meaningful story is her report about a veteran named Gene Baker who was separated from his family and unable to find them before he passed away due to Alzheimer’s. Sarina spread Gene’s story across the country and was able to track down his family, along with thousands of others who attended his funeral. They gave him a 21-gun salute, playing of taps, and closing of the flag protocol, all for free. This story is a prime example of how journalism can bring communities together to make a difference.
When Sarina’s not working, you can find her dancing the night away with her family. Alongside journalism, dance is one of Sarina’s greatest passions. Keep your eye out for her if you find yourself in a SoCal dance studio -- she might be right next to you dusting off her dance moves!