Sara Sidner

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Sara Sidner
Born (1972-05-31) 31 May 1972 (age 42)
Education University of Florida
Occupation Correspondent

Sara Sidner (born May 31, 1972)[1] is a multiple award winning correspondent for CNN and CNN International based in Jerusalem starting August 2012, formerly in New Delhi.[2]


A native of Miami Lakes, Florida, Sidner was born to an African-American father and a British mother.[3] She graduated from the University of Florida with a telecommunications degree. While a student there, she played on the women's volleyball team, which made the Final Four during her last year.[4][5]


Sidner began her on-air reporting career at WUFT-TV in Gainesville, Florida. This was followed by stints at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida and KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas. At KDFW-TV, she spent three years as a consumer reporter/anchor.[4]

She has received many journalism awards. These include a Regional Emmy Award, a Lone Star Award, and several Associated Press Awards. At KDFW-TV in Dallas she distinguished herself for reporting on the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.[4]

In January 2004, Sidner joined KTVU in Oakland, California, where she served as a weekend co-anchor of KTVU Channel 2 News at 6 and The Ten O’Clock News. She also served as a weekday reporter for the station.[4]

Currently, she is an international correspondent for CNN, based in Jerusalem. At CNN, Sidner has reported on a wide range of subjects including the 2011 Libyan civil war, the launching of India's first unmmaned lunar probe and the Mumbai terrorist attacks.[2][6]


  1. ^ "U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 [database online]". Provo, Utah: Operations, Inc. 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Anchors & Reporters: Sara Sidner". CNN. Retrieved 2011-08-24. Sara Sidner is CNN's multiple award winning, Jerusalem-based international correspondent and is responsible for the network’s coverage of India and South Asia. 
  3. ^ Stephen Battaglio (December 22, 2011). "The Biz: CNN's Sara Sidner Talks War Reporting". TV Guide. Retrieved September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Sara Sidner". Oakland, California: KTVU-TV. Retrieved 2011-08-24. Sidner has received many journalism awards, including a Regional Emmy Award, a Lone Star Award, and several Associated Press Awards for her work at KDFW-TV in Dallas where she reported on the Columbia space shuttle tragedy. 
  5. ^ "Former Gator Sidner Achieves Broadcasting Dream". University Athletic Assoc., Inc., Sun Sports & IMG College. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2011-08-24. In a November 17, 1991 Florida volleyball match-day program, former Gator Sara Sidner (1990-92) was quoted as saying 'Florida has an excellent journalism school, which is one of the reasons why I came to UF. I am interested in broadcast journalism.' 
  6. ^ Fernandez, Sofia M. (2011-08-23). "CNN's Sara Sidner Hit by Shell While Reporting From Libya". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-08-24. CNN reporter Sara Sidner experienced the hazards of covering an unstable region Tuesday when she was hit by a shell of a bullet shot in celebration of the rebel takeover of Tripoli in Libya. 

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