Professional Experience

September 2018 to present: Investigative Reporter at WINK News

Previously worked as a multimedia journalist at WCJB TV20 News, WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, FL; and as an investigative intern at WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, FL

Member of National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Awards & Recognition

2019 Excellence in Broadcast News Award for Transportation / Traffic Series reporting, Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists (FABJ) – “Waiting in the Dark”

2019 NATAS Suncoast Regional Emmy Nomination for Education / Schools News reporting– “Waiting in the Dark”

2019 Young Journalist Award for Broadcast, Press Club of Southwest Florida

2019 Sunshine State Award for Multimedia Feature, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) – “You Are Now Live” (2nd Place)

2019 Excellence in Innovation in TV, Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, RTDNA – “Locked Out Florida”

2018 Awards for Photo Essay & Short Hard News Feature, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters (now FABJ) College Contest

News Philosophy

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. Wells

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Sara is a big fan of live theater and performing arts, traveling to faraway places, volunteering, playing roller derby, Gator football, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and cuddling up next to her dog Mickey.


Master’s in Mass Communication and Bachelor’s in Telecommunication News from the University of Florida

Go Gators!

Backlash forces UnitedHealthcare to delay policy that would deny ER visit coverage

A major insurance company wants to cut back on covering visits to the emergency room, but pushback has led UnitedHealthcare to announce they will delay the new policy until after the pandemic is declared over. If UnitedHealthcare goes through with it post-pandemic, people on a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicaid would not be affected. The […]

DEO website experiencing issues even as demand lessens for unemployment funds

It’s deja vu. Complaints are rolling in again about the state’s unemployment website. One person tweeted, “got bounced out and looped, no exaggeration, 50-plus times.” Another said, “get halfway done then kicks me back to the screen before logging in. for 4 hours now.” Despite more people going back to work, problems with the website […]

SWFL lacks housing that’s affordable, and that hurts all of us

Southwest Florida has an unwanted title. We’re one of the worst places to find affordable housing in the country. The pandemic only made it worse, exposing low wages, raising home prices, and cutting funding. For many people, their reality is having to choose between paying rent, paying for food, paying to get to work. Drew […]

State encourages Floridians to ‘return to work’ with new initiative

The state wants Floridians to get back to work. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity launched the “Return to work” initiative Wednesday, encouraging people who are collecting unemployment benefits to reenter the workforce. DEO Secretary Dane Eagle said some companies struggling to hire call this the “new pandemic.” When the pandemic began, the governor waived the […]

Parents and child care providers get a boost this year. Is it enough?

The cost of caring for your kids is anything but affordable for many families, and the pandemic made the nation’s already troubled child care system even worse. Around the country, surveys show 56% of child care providers say they’re losing money every day they stay open and 46% of parents say their current child care […]

Scammers steal info of Floridians who’ve claimed unemployment

Scammers are filing claims under the names and information of Floridians who have collected unemployment, even if they didn’t give it to them directly. Kate Larsen from Naples told us she accidentally gave out her personal information on a call she thought came from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “I noticed that the phone […]