Sara Sidner

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Sara Sidner
Born (1972-05-31) May 31, 1972 (age 47)
EducationUniversity of Florida
OccupationCorrespondent (CNN)

Sara Sidner (born May 31, 1972) is an American journalist. She is a correspondent for CNN and CNN International based at CNN's Los Angeles bureau.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

A native of Miami Lakes, Florida, Sidner was born to an African-American father and a British mother.[3] She graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School[4] and 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.[5][6]


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, she spent three years as a consumer reporter/anchor.[5] She also distinguished herself for reporting on the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.[5] 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.[5]

Sidner has received many journalism awards. These include a Regional Emmy Award, a Lone Star Award, and several Associated Press Awards.


Currently, Sidner is a national and international correspondent for CNN, based in Los Angeles. She has previously been based in Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi, and New Delhi.[2] At CNN, Sidner has reported on a wide range of subjects including the 2011 Libyan civil war, the launching of India's first unmanned lunar probe, and the Mumbai terrorist attacks.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b "Anchors & Reporters: Sara Sidner". CNN. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 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.
  2. ^ a b "CNN Profiles - Sara Sidner". CNN. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Stephen Battaglio (December 22, 2011). "The Biz: CNN's Sara Sidner Talks War Reporting". TV Guide. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Carter, Scott (July 5, 2013). "The Flashback Files: Gators Volleyball Player Sara Sidner". Florida Gators.
  5. ^ a b c d "Sara Sidner". Oakland, California: KTVU-TV. Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 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.
  6. ^ "Former Gator Sidner Achieves Broadcasting Dream". University Athletic Assoc., Inc., Sun Sports & IMG College. January 28, 2009. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 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.'
  7. ^ Fernandez, Sofia M. (August 23, 2011). "CNN's Sara Sidner Hit by Shell While Reporting From Libya". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 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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