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College of Communications professor to join 'Conversations from Penn State'

John Sanchez will discuss the impact of stereotypes in the mainstream media on American Indian identity. Credit: M. Scott Johnson / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- John Sanchez is the only American Indian faculty member at Penn State.

An associate professor in the College of Communications, specializing in news media ethics and American Indians in the news media, Sanchez will join veteran host Patty Satalia on the next episode of WPSU-TV's "Conversations from Penn State."

"Conversations from Penn State: American Indian Identity in the 21st Century" will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, on WPSU-TV. The show can also be viewed at

Satalia and Sanchez will discuss the impact of stereotypes in the mainstream media on American Indian identity.

Sanchez previously served as the academic director of the American Indian Leadership program at American University. Under his supervision, this program was recognized as one of the top five in the country by President Clinton’s panel on race initiatives. Sanchez is the coordinator of the annual New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow. He serves on the executive boards of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation American Indian Studies Consortium, the American Native Press Archives and as a consultant to the board of directors of the American Indian Policy and Media Initiative. He is co-editor of the textbook American Indians and the Mass Media.

"Conversations from Penn State," with Satalia at the helm, offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field, drawing national and worldwide attention.

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Last Updated April 02, 2014