Clayton is an Emmy Award-winning network news correspondent known for engaging storytelling and an understanding of public relations and crisis communications, forged through a career reporting on complex issues around the country and the globe. In July 2021 he joined the E.W. Scripps Company as a national correspondent for Newsy, now Scripps News. Previously he was a correspondent at ABC News, appearing on "Good Morning America", "World News Tonight" and "Nightline", covering everything from breaking news to entertainment features for millions of viewers. He's also a BIG Star Wars fan, co-authoring multiple projects for DK Publishing and Insight Editions, as well as hosting and appearing on panels at Star Wars Celebration.
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Go behind-the-scenes at the legendary Skywalker Ranch to meet the sound designers behind "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi". This was a passion project for Clayton, and more than a year in the making.
A few examples of Clayton's on-air work for ABC News.
Clayton was the only journalist on the scene when police and FBI agents rushed in to arrest Colorado man Patrick Frazee for the murder of missing mother Kelsey Berreth. This exclusive story was the payoff of great teamwork in cultivating sources combined with an unrelenting competitive streak.
Clayton is a huge Star Wars fan, once described as ABC's "resident Star Wars historian". This is the kind of feature story he loves: taking viewers inside the headquarters of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic for an exclusive look at the visual effects behind "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story".
Clayton Sandell is a national correspondent for Scripps News, covering a wide range of entertainment, space exploration, and technology feature stories.
Clayton is also a massive Star Wars fan. He is a co-author of "Star Wars Timelines" for DK Publishing and "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: A Visual Archive" for Insight Editions. At Star Wars Celebration fan conventions, Clayton has appeared as a guest on multiple panels and moderated a chat with Lucasfilm's Doug Chiang and Jason Horley for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
Prior to Scripps News, Clayton worked for ABC News, appearing on "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with David Muir”, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and "Nightline".
Clayton is adept at covering a wide range of hard news and feature stories. On the Star Wars beat, he's interviewed Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill in Ireland, taken viewers inside ILM and Skywalker Sound, and reported on the development, construction, and opening of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" at the Disneyland Resort.
Across the West he’s proven himself as a fierce competitor, reporting on climate change, mass shootings, the legal marijuana industry, the Taylor Swift assault trial, the Aurora movie theater massacre, as well as numerous wildfires, floods and tornadoes.
In addition to domestic assignments, Clayton has reported from around the world, covering democracy protests in Hong Kong to melting glaciers in Greenland. In 2014, he went to Malaysia and Australia to cover the disappearance of flight MH-370. He's reported on climate change from the Arctic Ocean and attended the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Denmark. He traveled to China to produce a special series on toy recalls and food safety, and was in Haiti during the violent uprisings that led to the ouster of President Jean Bertrand Aristide.
Prior to his post in Denver, Clayton was based in Washington D.C. as a producer for "World News with Charles Gibson" and "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”, receiving an Emmy Award as part of the ABC News team covering the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He also was a producer for the "Sam Donaldson: Live in America" radio program and Donaldson's daily live webcast for ABCNews.com. Clayton joined ABC's Washington bureau in September 2000, working on the assignment desk.
Before ABC News, Clayton worked as a reporter at Los Angeles all-news radio station KFWB-AM. He also produced and edited award-winning science and nature documentaries for the Finley-Holiday Film Corporation in Whittier, California.
Clayton's professional broadcasting career began in Southern California, first as a DJ at KRTM-FM radio in Temecula and then as a reporter and anchor at KCKC-AM news-talk radio in San Bernardino. In his free time he produced a live TV talk show for the Riverside Police Department.
Clayton is a graduate of the University of California Riverside with a degree in political science. He lives in Denver with his wife and two children, and too many dogs.
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