Contributor, Seattle Times
A native of Yakima, Sandy graduated from Eisenhower High School (1971) where she took part in pre-Title IX volleyball and basketball programs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (1975) from Washington State University, where she became the first female sports editor of the Daily Evergreen.
Sandy began her journalism career a year later at a weekly newspaper in Madras, Ore., covering general news and high school sports. After nearly two years, she decided to move closer to home and took a similar position with the Toppenish Review, another weekly paper, covering general news and prep sports.
It was just six months later that Sandy got what she considered her first big break – a chance to cover preps full-time as sports editor of the now-defunct Suburban Times, a twice-weekly newspaper in Lakewood. She focused on the high schools within the coverage area (Lakes, Clover Park and Charles Wright) and also featured some Pacific Lutheran University sports.
Sandy joined the Valley Newspapers sports staff in 1981 and primarily covered football, boys basketball and baseball.
After six years with Valley Newspapers, Sandy landed her “dream job” with The Seattle Times. She was hired as the South Bureau sports reporter in July of 1987, focusing on high schools throughout South King County.
Sandy has been honored on numerous occasions throughout her career, most notably by the Northwest Society of Professional Journalists for articles including, Kathi Goertzen: A Mother’s Strength, Two Daughters’ Inspiration, Joyce Walker Takes Hard Road Back From Drug And Alcohol Addictions received 1st place (2009) and named Top Ten nationally by Associated Press Sports Editors, and Title IX turns 30 received 1st place (2003).
Sandy was presented the Washington State Football Coaches Association Silver Helmet Award (1991) for outstanding coverage of high school football and related youth activities. The Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Media Award (2003) for outstanding coverage of high school wrestling, including a memorable feature on the WIAA 50 Years of Wrestling celebration. The Washington State Baseball Coaches Association named Sandy the “Jim Reding Media Commitment Award” (2010) for outstanding coverage of prep baseball.
Sandy was honored with the proclamation made by Seattle City Council to have February 7 known as Sandy Ringer Day (2014) in appreciation of her “dedication and commitment” in particular to coverage of girls sports.