Sara's journalism experience includes digital leader and newsroom manager, grounded in years of reporting, writing and editing. She's chased breaking news at the Los Angeles Times and Reuters, crafted long-form investigative features at Mother Jones and the LA Weekly and led digital news teams at AOL/Patch and NBC.
She is director of journalism school partnerships for the Solutions Journalism Network, chief storyteller at GroundSource and teaches digital journalism at the University of Southern California. She serves on the program committee for the JSK Journalism Fellowship, where she was a fellow, and supports the Online News Association Women's Leadership Accelerator as a mentor and advisor.
Past roles include creator of JTrust, a pop-up newsletter about trust and journalism, curator for the American Press Institute's Better News Initiative, editorial director at Zócalo Public Square, West Coast Editor in Charge for Reuters and head of digital news at NBC4 Southern California. Under her leadership at NBC4 the digital team won the station its first national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Before NBC Sara was a regional editor at AOL's hyperlocal Patch.com, where she spearheaded the Southern California operation, supporting the launch of the first sites in California. Sara 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.
Sara holds a master's degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley and is the author of a forthcoming memoir about growing up in Bronzeville on Chicago's South Side.
As a JSK fellow, she studied mental illness and criminal law. For work on her memoir, she was awarded residencies at the Mesa Refuge and the Carey Institute for Global Good, as well a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
An avowed non-athlete, she ran the LA Marathon and lived to blog about it. She's also certified in the meditation style known as MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, an Australian Shepherd and a bunny named Bunny.