Robert Sanchez has written on everything from inner-city gangs to brain trauma to natural disasters. Features he’s written have been recognized by the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, the City and Regional Magazine Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. Sanchez’s work has been anthologized twice in the “Best American Sports Writing” series (with two other stories listed as “notable”), in “Next Wave” (a collection of the best American writers younger than 40), and in “Words Matter” (which features 20 influential University of Missouri School of Journalism graduates). Additionally, his work has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, as well in ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, and Men’s Health. In 2014, he was named CRMA’s writer of the year.
In addition to his magazine experience, Sanchez is a former staff writer for the Associated Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News. Sanchez was born near Boston, but was raised in Colorado. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri and is married to his high school sweetheart. They have two children.
Ten years ago this month, the country was captivated by a bizarre spectacle in Fort Collins that was colloquially dubbed the Balloon Boy Hoax. Although Richard Heene, the so-called Balloon Boy’s father, pleaded guilty to charges related to the prank, it was never fully clear whether it was the scam that police made it out to be. For the first time, we reveal the true story.
When a nine-year-old Denver boy died by suicide last year, the tragedy gained national attention. In the immediate aftermath, however, the full story wasn't told. Why did this exuberant and loving young child die? And did the institutions that were supposed to help and support Jamel Myles and his family let them down?
It’s been six years and nearly four months since Tom Sullivan’s son, Alex, was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting. Now, the 62-year-old former postal worker will represent Colorado’s House District 37.
When a Rocky Ford police officer was convicted of murder after shooting a young man in 2014, residents of the Eastern Plains town might have believed that the criminal justice system had worked to protect the community. So why does the Rocky Ford Police Department seem more powerful—and less accountable—than ever?
What do you do six years after your eldest child is murdered in one of the worst mass shootings in American history? If you're Tom Sullivan, you channel your anger and sorrow into an unlikely campaign for political office.
One of the nation's fastest-growing universities is also among its most conservative. How a small Christian school in Lakewood has managed to thrive amid the blue political tide sweeping the West—and why it wants to shape the way you live your life.
One of the most dominant baseball pitchers of all time, Roy Halladay, died Tuesday in a plane crash. Robert Sanchez, who grew up with him in Aurora, remembers Halladay as a great teammate and childhood friend.
Several long-serving members of NecroSearch, the world’s preeminent group for locating and retrieving missing bodies, are nearing retirement age. What will happen to the Colorado-based volunteer organization once they’re gone?
Change has come to the historic mining city of Leadville in a big way. And for the Latino residents who call the highest-elevation city in the United States home, that means facing new challenges—and new fears.
Mary Kuanen escaped the violence of Sudan only to live through her husband’s murder in suburban Denver. Half a decade later, the single mother of five is still working to build the better life she was promised.
Randy Bilyeu thought he’d located Forrest Fenn’s infamous cache of gold and jewels. Then he went missing in New Mexico's high desert. Inside the hunt for Fenn’s riches—and the search for the man who vanished looking for them.
Colorado’s Gold King Mine spill sent millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River this past summer. More than 130 miles away in New Mexico, along the San Juan River, the environmental disaster is making the Navajo Nation rethink itself.