Sandra Hughes has been a CBS News correspondent based in Los Angeles since she joined the organization in March 1993. Besides covering major news stories in the West, she handles the media beat for CBS News.
Hughes has covered, among other stories, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the David Koresh/Branch Davidian stand-off near Waco, Texas, and the devastating floods which struck the Midwest in the summer of 1993. She also covered the Republican candidates and Bob Dole for This Morning during Campaign '96.
Hughes received a 1998 American Women in Radio and Television Award in the National/Network Investigative category for a series of "Eye on America" reports for the CBS Evening News on wage wars.
Before joining CBS News, she was a reporter and substitute anchor at KMOV-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri. (1990-93). Earlier, Hughes worked for CBS affiliates WLKY-TV Louisville, Kentucky. (1987-90) and WTVR-TV Richmond, Virginia. (1986-87).
She began her career in broadcast journalism in 1985 at WCEE-TV Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Prior to joining CBS News, Hughes received a Missouri Broadcasting Award (1992), a Louisville Metro Journalism Award (1988) and a Public Service Award in Illinois (1987).
She was born on Feb. 19, 1963 in Charleston, Illinois. Hughes was graduated from the University of Illinois in 1985 with a B.S. degree in broadcast journalism.