Marlene Sanders (born January 10, 1931) is an American female pioneer in broadcasting. Sanders grew up in a Jewish family in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her family was relatively secular, only attending a Reform temple occasionally, but well aware of ongoing issues affecting the Jewish community such as discrimination. Her school remained socially segregated although she participated in activities that were mixed such as theater and synchronized swimming. Growing up at a time when options were limited for women, Sanders moved to New York City to purse a theater career. In 1955, failing in her efforts to land steady work in theater, she accepted a low-level job in television news, working for Ted Yates, the producer for Mike Wallace of CBS.