Sandra King

As featured on Connect Spring 2014

Now a production of Rutgers School of Law-Newark in collaboration with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Division of Continuing Studies and the Rutgers iTV Studio, Due Process is a unique weekly series, dedicated to cutting-edge issues of law and justice and aired four times weekly on NJTV.

And her work has not gone unnoticed or unpraised. With two new Emmys won at this year’s ceremonies of the New York Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - one for an investigative report on the broken bail system, the other on the tragedy of unnecessary drug overdoses - Due Process can now claim an unprecedented two dozen regional Emmy® Awards, garnered over 19 seasons.

In 1998, King became the first New Jersey recipient of The Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University (journalism’s highest academic honor), and she can boast a long list of successes as a journalist and an award-winning producer and anchor of news, documentaries, and public affairs programs. She never lets anyone forget she’s also a proud Newarker, who still makes her home here. “Please make sure you mention that I’m a product of Newark. That’s important.”

Born and raised in New Jersey’s largest city, King attended Newark’s public schools. She graduated from Weequahic High School in 1965 at age 16, and more than 30 years later was inducted into the first class of the Weequahic Hall of Fame, along with novelist Philip Roth. King also attended Bard College, but graduated from the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1969.

A child of the ‘60s, with a strong commitment to public service, it is no surprise that King serves as a member of the boards of trustees of the Newark Public Library, the Branch Brook Park Alliance and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, all Newarkbased organizations dedicated to the advancement of the lives of Newark’s residents. Also in the spirit of giving back, King shared her journalistic talents and experiences with RU-N students as an adjunct faculty member for nearly 15 years.

Of King’s many impressive accomplishments, her greatest source of pride undoubtedly is her family. The white mother of an African-American son, King doesn’t hesitate to scroll through her smartphone, searching for and enlarging photos of her grandson and granddaughter.

“They are my heart,” she sighs. “Wait until you have grandchildren of your own; then you’ll know what I mean.” No need to wait – her beaming smile explains it all.