Prior to that, Sanchez served as a weekend anchor and reporter for KPHO-TV Phoenix (2000-02), where she covered the Arizona wildfires, among other stories. Before that, she was a weekend morning anchor and reporter at WSOC-TV Charlotte (1996-2000). Sanchez also served as an anchor and reporter for KYMA-TV Yuma, Ariz. (1993-94) and as a reporter for KYOU-TV Santa Ana, Calif. (1992-93).
Sanchez's experience also includes radio reporting. She was a producer and reporter for KFI-AM Los Angeles (1990-93), where she covered the L.A. riots. She also reported for KPCC-FM Pasadena, Calif. (1991-92).
Sanchez is the recipient of several Associated Press awards, including Best of the West Environmental in 2001, Best Serious Feature in 1993 and Best Newscast in 1992. She also received a Golden Mike Award for Best Newscast during a morning broadcast in 1991. Sanchez is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Sanchez was graduated from California State University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.