May 31, 1972 |
|Education||University of Florida|
A native of Miami Lakes, Florida, Sidner was born to an African-American father and a British mother. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- "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.
- Stephen Battaglio (December 22, 2011). "The Biz: CNN's Sara Sidner Talks War Reporting". TV Guide. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- "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.
- "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.'
- 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.