Sara Catania is vice president of digital news at NBC4 Southern California
, where she's bringing legacy and digital together to make better journalism, and to help make journalism better. In the spring of 2015 she served on the faculty at the first ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.
Under her leadership at NBC4 the station won its first-ever national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, for coverage of breaking news, won the first Murrow Regional Award for NBCLA.com for a series on physical therapists and legal violations, and hosted the first digital fellowship in partnership with Asian American Journalists Assn, which resulted in the hiring of the fellow as an on-camera multi-media journalist. She is the digital point person for the NBC4 I-Team, which won an IRE Award for exposing dangerous bus companies. Previously she was the editorial director of digital news for the station.
Sara is the recipient of a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship from Stanford University and an active member of the Online News Association, leading sessions that focus on blended newsrooms, and wrestling with questions about the present and future state of journalism. Here's a webinar she led at Poynter on Leadership Advice for Our Age of Disruption, Misperception and Outlandish Expectations.
Before NBC Sara was a regional editor at AOL's hyperlocal Patch.com, where she spearheaded the Southern California operation, launching the first sites in the state and guiding the establishment of the brand in the region.
Sara's journalism experience is rooted in newspapers and magazines, both mainstream and alternative. She has worked as a Mother Jones contributor, as a staff writer specializing in long-form storytelling for the LA Weekly and as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Northridge Earthquake.
She was a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times op-ed page and served for six years as an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
She holds a bachelors degree in philosophy from St. John's College and a masters in journalism from UC Berkeley.
An avowed non-athlete, Sara ran the LA Marathon and lived to blog
She is at work on White Girl in Bronzeville, a reported memoir/urban history about growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the midst of one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects of the 20th Century, for which she received a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, an Australian Shepherd and a bunny named Bunny.