I am Smith

Jody Sanchez ’84

Jody Hassett Sanchez
About Jody

Director, 2019–23

Alexandria, Virginia

Jody is an independent filmmaker and media strategist. Her more recent documentary had its world premiere at Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America and was selected for the State Department’s American Film Showcase. She is currently in production on three other projects.

In her capacity as a media trainer and strategist, Jody has worked with corporate executives, public officials and the heads of non-profit organizations in Asia, Europe and the US. 

Prior to starting her own company, Jody covered religion, culture, and education for ABC’s World News Tonight and filed stories for Nightline. She got her start in journalism at CNN, traveling the globe as CNN’s State Department producer and covering Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

She also served as senior producer of CNN’s Cold War Postscript, a 24-part series examining connections between the Cold War and current global affairs. She was part of the CNN team that won a national Emmy award for breaking news coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and the ABC team that won a national Emmy award for coverage of 9/11.

Jody is founder and director of the Africa Film Project, which equips the continent’s next generation of filmmakers to share the stories of their homelands.

She lives in the DMV with her husband George, an accomplished photographer and their son Beck who was born in Kazakhstan.