He joined CBS News in 1982, in the Washington bureau, as a production secretary for the CBS Evening News. In 1986, he moved to New York, to become a writer and editor for CBS News Radio. Over the next five years, he wrote and produced hourly broadcasts and special reports for radio, and was part of the CBS News team that won a George Foster Peabody Award in 1990 for China in Crisis. He also contributed to "The Osgood File" and "Dan Rather Reporting."
In 1990, Kandra moved to television to become the writer for "America Tonight," anchored by Charles Kuralt and Lesley Stahl. Following that, he was Ed Bradley's writer for the prime time news magazine "Street Stories," and later became writer and associate producer for "48 Hours."
In 1996, he joined CBS News Productions as a senior producer and was part of the team that launched the CBS cable channel CBS Eye on People. In 1998, he became story producer and writer for "60 Minutes II."
In 2002, he was co-writer for the acclaimed documentary "9/11," hosted by Robert De Niro. That two-hour television event was honored with every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy and the Writers Guild Award.
In addition to his work with the News division, from 2000-2004 Kandra worked as writer and producer for the highly-rated "Survivor" finale and reunion shows, hosted by Bryant Gumbel, Rosie O'Donnell and Jeff Probst.
A native of Rockville, Md., Kandra was graduated from the University of Maryland in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in journalism. He and his wife, Siobhain, live in Forest Hills, N.Y.
Outside of the newsroom, Kandra is active in a variety of ministries of the Catholic Church. An ordained member of the Catholic clergy, he serves as deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.