Sara Sidner is a renowned American journalist who works as a correspondent for CNN and CNN International. She is currently based at the Cable News Network’s Los Angeles bureau after having joined the media house in 2008. As a correspondent, Sidner’s dynamic and versatile presentation and reporting of events always has her audience glued to their TV screens. The journalist is passionate and determined to make an impact in the world of journalism. But there’s more to her than we see on screen. First, if you think CNN is where she has worked all her life, get ready to be blown away. The graduate of the University of Florida has an impressive track record of excellence, as she has garnered several awards.
Sara Sidner is a Native of Miami
Sara Sidner was born on May 31, 1972, in Miami Lakes, Florida. Her father is African-American while her mother is British. The couple settled in the United States where they raised their daughter.
Aside from her ethnicity, there are hardly any other details about her that are public knowledge, including if she has siblings, where she received her elementary school education, and what her parents did for a living. What is no secret, however, is she attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School and later proceeded to the University of Florida where she studied Telecommunications.
During her university days, Sara Sidner was so much involved in sports. She played on the women’s volleyball team and helped her team reach the final four in her final year in school.
She Began Her Professional Career on a Local Floridan Station
After graduating with a Telecommunications degree from the university, Sara Sidner was passionate and determined to make an impact in the world of journalism. She went on to land her first job as an on-air reporter with WUFT-TV in Gainesville, Florida.
With gained exposure and experience from her first job, Sidner later moved across state lines to Cape Girardeau, Missouri where she worked for KFVS-TV. Her time here was quite short as she later returned to her home state to take a job at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida.
After a few years, Sara Sidner left the station to serve as a consumer reporter and program anchor for KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas. She spent three years here doing what she was passionate about with every sense of responsibility. During her time with KDFW-TV, she displayed top-notch professionalism while reporting on the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Her exemplary job doing this would later earn her a regional Emmy Award and other Associated Press Awards.
In 2004, Sidner started working with the California-based news station, KTVU in Oakland. She co-anchored the station’s weekend programs; KTVU Channel 2 News at 6 and The Ten O’clock News. She also reported news for the station on weekdays.
CNN Came For Sara Sidner’s Services in 2008
Since 2008, Sara Sidner has been an employee of CNN, serving as a national and international correspondent in the media house’s Los Angeles office. She initially started off as an international correspondent which saw her report from different places across the globe, including Jerusalem, Isreal, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and New Delhi, India. Other countries she has also reported from include Afghanistan, Libya, Nepal, Cambodia, Taiwan, Pakistan, Thailand, Egypt, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.
While there, Sara covered several controversial events ranging from cultural issues to business and even terrorism. She distinguished herself at CNN with reports on issues like the 2011 Arab spring and the civil war in Libya, the launch of the first unmanned Lunar Probe in India, and the syndicated terrorist attack in the city of Mumbai.
After returning back to the USA in 2014, Sara Snider covered the riots that followed the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. More recently, in May 2020, she was noted for her coverage of the protests caused by the death of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In all, she has been brave and has shown a high level of professionalism.
Her CNN Career Has Brought Her Financial Success and Won Her Various Awards
For covering the Arab Spring in the Middle East, Sara Sidner and her team won a Peabody Award. Also, for her coverage of the Libyan war, the UK-based SKY WFTV Women in Film and Television gave her the Achievement of the Year Award. She received multiple other awards between 2011 and 2014 for her courageous work in many hotbeds of violence around the world. She was given two Asian TV Awards for exposing the dangers faced by Bangladesh young beggars and for reporting in “Operation Hope”.
In 2013, Sidner received two Alliance for Women in Media Gracie Awards for her coverage of the Gaza-Israel conflict that erupted in 2012. Despite being faced with the threat of death as a reporter, she has remained committed to her job.
This commitment has therefore translated into her being one of the higher paid journalists on CNN although she still has a long way to go to be ranked among the likes of Anderson Cooper who is the highest-paid journalist in cable news. The 5 feet 10 inches tall journalist is reported to have an estimated net worth of $3 million. Her wealth comes from her estimated salary of around $88,000 to $187,000.
Sara Sidner is Happily Married
Sara Sidner is married but information about her wedding, the identity of her husband, and children (if any) are not known. It only came to light that the journalist was married when she spilled the beans in a March 2015 interview.
While confirming that there was someone special in her life, she also revealed that her tight work schedule remains one of the greatest challenges in her marriage as she barely finds time to be with her husband. As she put it, she got worried about their relationship at some point because of her life as a foreign correspondent. Sara further added that she and her then-boyfriend made their wedding plans via satellite phone while she was in Africa covering the Libyan civil war. She laughed as she added that her husband always teased her to ensure she made it to her own wedding.