Walt Sanders was one of Boston’s first African-American TV reporters. He worked for WBZ-TV for 27 years, from 1968 through 1995 and was one of their most respected reporter. Known for quiet, calm manner—his colleagues referred to him as the “Gentle Giant”—he developing an expertise in covering education issues. He distinguished himself covering the integration of Boston public schools in the early 70s—which for a black reporter in those days—took bravado. Former Boston mayor Raymond Flynn said, “Walt was one of the steady voices who brought reason to the discussion… He really set an example for the rest of the media in Boston.”
Mr. Sanders was born and grew up in Akron, Ohio. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting, now based in Virginia. He started his career in radio in his hometown of Akron in 1959, and then did radio news in Philadelphia, before going into TV in Cleveland as a medical and educational reporter.
After leaving WBZ, Walt participated in the Senior Olympics, and served as president of Massachusetts chapter of AARP. A jazz aficionado, he kept a substantial collection of albums at home.