Clayton is an award-winning journalist and experienced network news correspondent known for engaging storytelling, built on a foundation of solid reporting from around the country and the globe. In July 2021 he joined the E.W. Scripps Company as a national correspondent for Newsy. Previously, he was 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.) Clayton is a proven team leader and competitive storyteller with the ability to report and write accurately and on deadline for television, radio and online platforms while upholding the highest journalistic standards.
Here's 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".
I'm an award-winning network news journalist who knows what it's like to get a call at any hour to race to the front lines of breaking news anywhere in the world, and accurately report those stories to millions of viewers on top-rated national broadcasts. But I also love a good feature story that satisfies my curiosity and tells you something important you didn't know you needed to know.
Reporting for a prestigious national news organization isn't for the faint-hearted. Under extreme deadline, logistical and competitive pressure, I lead teams of producers, photographers and editors to cut through the noise and report only the facts that get to the truth behind a story. I was one of the first "digital reporters" at ABC thanks in part to my tech savvy. I can shoot, edit and even build graphics and animations if needed. It doesn't matter if you call me to file for TV, radio, print or social media. When you need it on deadline and you need it done right, you call me.
Skills honed in a fast-paced broadcast journalism environment at the national level are perfect prerequisites for working in TV news, corporate communications, crisis communications and public/external relations. As a reporter I've seen companies and organizations do it right, and those that need some help. I'm here to help shape your story into something authentic, honest, and ultimately positive.
Secrets of how sound designers created the Oscar-nominated effects in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'.
Digital 'Green Book' to rank businesses that welcome people of color and LGBTQ communities.
Meet Ken Nightingall, the mysterious 'Pink Shorts Boom Guy' Star Wars cosplayers plucked from obscurity.
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.
Clayton Sandell is a national correspondent for Newsy, part of the E.W. Scripps Co., based in Denver. Prior to helping re-launch Newsy, Clayton worked for ABC News, appearing on "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with David Muir”, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and "Nightline".
Clayton has covered a wide range of breaking news and feature stories in addition to being known as ABC’s resident "Star Wars historian". He's interviewed Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill in Ireland, taken viewers inside Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, and reported on the development 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 natural and manmade disasters, 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, most recently covering democracy protests in Hong Kong. In 2014, he went to Malaysia and Australia to cover the disappearance of flight MH-370. He's reported from Greenland and the Arctic Ocean for climate change stories 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 that covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He worked 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 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.