About Maria

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A native Californian, Maria Sanchez graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, emphasis Marriage & Family Therapy, June 2017.

Maria is presently a Ph.D. student at Fielding Graduate University in the Media Psychology department. Maria will be presenting at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in August, 2019. She will be speaking on a panel, ”Giving Psychology Away: Using Media to Your Advantage” and is presently working on four research projects.

Maria was elected to both the Board of Trustees and as the Student Body President at Fielding Graduate University. She is honored and humbled to be serving the University, its faculty, staff, and students, as well as to be elected as a full voting member of the Board of Trustees.  She is presently in her pre-dissertation process and will be earning another Masters Degree in August 2019 in Media Psychology.

Maria’s undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in the double major of Public Relations and Human Resources. Ms. Sanchez also served as the Commencement Speaker at her graduation ceremonies.

Ms. Sanchez began her professional broadcasting career as the producer for 103.5 FM KOST’s “Mark & Kim Show” at the time the longest running morning broadcasting team in LA radio history. While producing for the perennially popular Mark & Kim, she also interviewed hundreds of guests covering numerous topics as the host of an uninterrupted half hour Public Affairs program.  
 
 

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Having found her calling as an interviewer, Ms. Sanchez transitioned from being the producer of the highly rated “Mark and Kim Show” to the most listened to talk radio station in America – KFI AM 640, Los Angeles.  During her stint at KFI, she was a permanent weekend host and often served as the substitute host for such talk radio favorites as Bill Handel, John & Ken, Phil Hendrie and Wayne Resnick.
 
Having gained invaluable professional experience in the largest market in the country, it was only a matter of time before she developed “The Maria Sanchez Show.” A topical, sometimes controversial, occasionally eclectic, always listener friendly, audience pleasing talk show heard on TALK 650 KSTE. It was not long before “The Maria Sanchez Show” was considered Sacramento’s must hear radio from 9am to noon, Monday through Friday.
 

MariaS2With a desire to pursue opportunities in the television industry, the resourceful Ms. Sanchez returned to the metropolitan Los Angeles area and produced a sit-com pilot for NBC TELEVISION. Currently she can be seen moderating infomercials for a variety of products. During this time also co-created and anchored the debate oriented call-in participation show “Cross Talk” for the local NPR affiliate, KCLU 88.3 FM.
   
Pictured left at the 25th anniversary celebration of ‘My Friend’s Place’ Maria, (one of the founding board members) is with Founder, Steve LePore.  Maria served on the board of directors of My Friend’s Place, a resource center for at-risk youth in Hollywood, for nearly ten years.  Former ED of MFP, David Brinkman on the right.
  

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A civic minded mother of four, Ms. Sanchez is also a Founder of both the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Oaks Christian School, in addition to serving on the Board of the previously mentioned My Friend’s Place.  
 
Maria maintains a balance in her life by exercising, gardening, reading non-fiction, writing, traveling and interacting with her community both politically and philanthropically.  And she still finds time to pursue her journalistic endeavors interviewing and being interviewed by interesting personalities in the Current Events, Political and Philanthropic fields.  Oh, yes, and she’s an animal lover as well.
 

 
You may contact Ms. Sanchez at
818.203.5574
Maria Sanchez Communications@gmail.com
 

Maria and daughter Katharine - 2013

Maria and daughter Katharine – 2013

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At the Ronald Reagan museum with Air Force One

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Maria plus 4. Ms. Sanchez with her four children.

Maria - New Years Eve 2013 with sister Teri and sorority sister Marianne

New Years Eve 2013 with sister Teri and sorority sister Marianne

The Fab Five – November 2017

Off to Central America – Belize 2016

Boston – Little Italy, 2018

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