A nationally-recognized photojournalist, Sara is a staff photographer and videographer at the Austin American-Statesman, focused on local news and documenting the issues important to Central Texas.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Sara grew up playing outside and learned to photograph exploring the natural world around her.
Sara approaches her work with empathy and ethics front-of-mind and has a particular interest in stories about environmental equity, agriculture, family, healthcare and rural communities.
She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana, where she worked for the independent student newspaper, The Montana Kaimin, as well as the local outlet, The Missoulian. In Montana, she documented issues ranging from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis to wildfire and inland shrimp farming and galvanized her interest in environmental journalism.
In Texas, much of her work has centered around abortion, gun violence and natural disasters. She spent over a year working on an investigation into Texas' broken system of Medicaid waivers and covers everything from University of Texas Football to the Texas Legislature.
She has worked for outlets such as USA Today, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KUOW Seattle, STAT News and has bylines in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, Salt Lake Tribune and others.
Recently, one of her photos was selected as TIME Magazine's 100 photos of 2022.
Sara was also named to the University of Montana's "25 under 25" alumni list in 2023.
2022 - Texas Managing Editors Awards
1st Place Photojournalism (staff)
2nd Place News Photography
Honorable Mentions in Feature and Sports Photography
Team Effort Award
2021 - College Photographer of the Year Awards
2nd Place Feature Photography
2020 - College Photographer of the Year Awards
3rd Place Sports Feature Photography
2020- Hearst Awards
Second place, news and features
2020 - Society of Professional Journalists
First place Photo Illustration, Mark of Excellence National Awards
First Place Portrait, Excellence in Journalism, Pacific Northwest