Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV since 2001, has made community service the center of her life. Starting at a young age, she was eager to serve, teach, learn and provide opportunity for those in need. Thomas is in her 28th year at Channel 7 and after years of writing and producing on-air topicals for Eyewitness News and award-winning ABC7 special programs, she has gone on to combine her creative skills with her need to serve.
In her current role, Saundra Thomas oversees all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community projects for the tri-state. As liaison between the public and the station, Thomas recommends news and programming coverage of important local topics, and is responsible for philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the television station.
Thomas has been instrumental in brokering station community-related partnerships with organizations including BRIC (Celebrate Brooklyn), World Science Festival, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Thomas’ leadership has resulted in among other things, the stations commitment to holding town hall style community forums around the tri-state throughout the year.
A recent candidate for City Council and an active board member, Thomas has served as a member of Jazz Reach, Global Action Project and New York Women in Communications and is the current board chair of both Dancewave and Council for Unity. Thomas also sits on the advisory boards of The Grace Institute and Services for the Underserved.
Thomas is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters from St. Francis College (Brooklyn), the Council for Unity as a Champion for Children, Medgar Evers College for her work with WABC-TV on public service awareness in local communities; Thomas has also been a recipient of the Black Achievers in Industry Award from the Harlem YMCA and recently the McDonald’s Legacy in Media Award.
Thomas holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School. She is a proud and enthusiastic resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, where she lives with her family.