Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV since 2001, has made community service the center of her life. Thomas is nearing her 3rd decade at Channel 7.
In her role as Community Affairs Director, 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.
Saundra 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, Saundra has served as a member of Jazz Reach, Global Action Project and Dancewave, is currently a board member of New York Women in Communications, Open House New York, Brooklyn Book Festival and board chair of the Council for Unity. Thomas also sits on the advisory boards of The Grace Institute, Services for the Underserved and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative.
Saundra 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 at 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.
Saundra 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.