A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF MARGARET (PEGGY SANDS) ORCHOWSKI, Ph.D.
Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Sands Orchowski, Ph.D., is the credentialed Congressional Correspondent for the Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine in Washington DC. Her new book “The Law That Changed the Face of America: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965” was published by Rowman & Littlefield in September 2015 in time for the 50th anniversary of its signing by President Lyndon Johnson at the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 3, 1965 . It is the most liberal immigration law in the world passed during the heady days of the Civil Rights Movement. The book tells the story of how the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) replaced the Nationality Origin Quota Act (NOQA) of 1923, America’s most restrictive immigration law, and what its impact has been in America and across the globe. The book reveals how U.S. immigration laws and politics have changed over time. Recommended by Brookings Institution Vice President Darrell M West, he writes "If we don't understand the past, we won't e able to move into the future".
In Congress, Peggy writes 3-4 feature stories a month plus a monthly column "UNCENSORED" in Hispanic Outlook covering higher education and immigration issues. She was Bill Analysis Editor at Congressional Quarterly (CQ) in Washington, DC, a reporter for the Associated Press in Peru, an Inter-American Press Association fellow in Argentina, a Press Officer for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and a staff reporter and feature writer for her hometown newspapers in Santa Barbara, CA, among other journalism positions. In 2013-14, she received a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to pursue an exploding issue in immigration and higher education. Since 2016 she has been covering her "hood" as Senior Correspondent for The Georgetowner (georgetowner.com) writing some 20 news articles, features, profiles and editorials under the byline Peggy Sands (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Her book “Immigration And The American Dream: Battling the Political Hype and Hysteria” (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2008) was recommended by Governor Bill Richardson as a "must read for everyone in Congress and in every DC think tank”. She has given over 60 book presentations at foreign affairs and public policy organizations and book stores, including Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, and has appeared on television and public radio talk shows in 18 states. She was featured in C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and moderated a panel on the Hispanic Vote in Nov. 2014. Her op eds on immigration have appeared in USAToday.com,The Hill newspaper, Washington Monthly, US News & World Report Opinion, AOL.com, Noozhawk.com, the Indianapolis Star and the Atlantic Journal Constitution among others. She has been featured on C-SPAN and NPR stations including WAMU's Diane Rehm and Kojo Nammdi shows.
Peggy lived and worked for over ten years abroad, speaks and works in four languages easily and raised her two children in three. She earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. at the University of CA at Santa Barbara, another M.A. at Occidental College as a CORO Fellow and a B.A. in journalism and Latin American studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Director of the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1983-84, organizing, recruiting and managing 125 multilingual staff of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Department at the UCSB Village. She is past Chairperson of the National Press Club's Freelance Committee, Board member of JAWS, a national woman’s journalism organization, and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
She is also an avid swimmer, tennis player, golfer and chamber music violinist.