María Sánchez Díez is an award-winning reporter, editor and product manager working at the intersection of journalism, audiences and product. She’s a former Fulbright scholar and a Tow-Knight Center fellow. Currently, she works at ProPublica as the Partner Manager for Electionland, recruiting newsrooms around the country for this collaborative project that covers voting problems in the U.S. elections.
Previously, she was an editor for emerging news products at Univision, where she worked on developing new storytelling techniques and formats, exploring and implementing new trends and tools in the newsroom and experimenting with distribution channels that help create a more meaningful relationship with the audience, as well as on large-scale projects and partnerships.
In 2017, she received the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Elaine Rivera Civil Rights & Social Justice Award, which recognizes excellence in coverage of civil rights of Latino-Americans for her investigation “Voiceless,” which exposed a flawed system in which access to interpretation and translation services can spell the difference between life and death for Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence in New York City. On 2018, she was part of the winner team of the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Award for the podcast “Mejor vete, Cristina.”
During her time in the United States, she has also covered Latin American issues at Quartz, the Atlantic’s economic information startup and won the first prize of the Foreign Press Association Scholarship Fund to develop The Fuego, a bilingual newsletter for Latinos in the United States. In Spain, she has had stops working and leading digital projects at El País, Soitu and Condé Nast.