Having conducted more than 10,000 interviews, Shandobil knows the techniques journalists use to prepare for interviews. He knows the questions they are likely to ask and the types of quotes journalists are most likely to use. He also knows how the questions journalists ask can often entice officeholders and business leaders to stumble down roads they are best off avoiding.
Shandobil has covered many of the most noteworthy news stories of our time: the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court decision, every presidential election since 1984, President Clinton’s impeachment trial, California’s recall election, the Unabomber case and the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
In addition to winning eight Emmy awards, Shandobil has twice been chosen by a national panel to win the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for his coverage of presidential campaigns and California government. Other honors include the California Journalism Award for excellence in political reporting four times, the Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalist’s Career Achievement Award.
Shandobil has moderated several debates, including the Gubernatorial debate during California’s historic recall election and 2010’s United States Senate debate. Among the people he has interviewed: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Brown, Rudy Giuliani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Gore, John Edwards, John Kerry, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Gray Davis, Pete Wilson and many others.