Sarah French

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Sarah French
Sarah French

Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
TitleMiss Arkansas Teen USA 2004
Miss Missouri 2007
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBrown
Miss Teen USA 2004
Miss America 2007

Sarah French (born September 17, 1985) is an American journalist. She is currently an anchor/reporter for WCNC 36 in Charlotte, North Carolina. After the murder of her friend and colleague Alice Morrin, French became an advocate for domestic violence victims and worked with Connecticut legislators, trying to pass a 911 texting bill in Morrin's name.[citation needed]

In 2010, French was awarded the Excellence in Local Television Award by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for an hour-long special called "Gay in America: Tensions & Tolerance." The special focused on several teens who killed themselves after being bullied.[citation needed]

She was born in Dallas, Texas, but grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and moved to Columbia, Missouri, to attend college.[1]

French competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss America pageants. She won the Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004 title in a state pageant held in late 2003. It was her first attempt at the title. She went on to represent Arkansas in the Miss Teen USA 2004 pageant held in Palm Springs, California, in August 2004. French did not place in the nationally televised pageant, which was won by Shelley Hennig of Louisiana, but she did win the Miss Photogenic award. This award, chosen by a public internet vote, is given to the delegate who most "exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera".[2]

French, a 2004 graduate of Lakeside High School in Arkansas, later moved to Columbia, Missouri, to study Broadcast Journalism at the University of Missouri.[3] While there she won the Miss Mid-Missouri title and competed for the Miss Missouri 2006 title, which she won. French is one of only a few Miss Teen USA delegates to win a Miss America state title, which is even more rare than the fact that she has held titles in different states.

French competed in the Miss America 2007 pageant broadcast live on CMT from the Theatre for the Performing Arts on January 29, 2007, and won the Miss America 2007 Smile Award. Her platform was "Health and Fitness for Life". "I chose my platform because diabetes runs on both sides of my family."[citation needed] She has also volunteered with the Special Olympics and has written articles for Life & Home Magazine, where she established a monthly health and fitness column.[citation needed]

As Miss Missouri, French worked as a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network, traveling the state giving motivational speeches and speaking with young students through a program called Right Decisions, Right Now.

During college, French worked as an anchor/reporter at the NBC affiliate station, KOMU-TV, in Columbia, Missouri. She worked alone, in the roles of photographer, reporter and editor. During college, she also worked as an intern for NBC Universal in Burbank, California, where she assisted in the production of NBC’s annual Press Tour. While in Los Angeles, French was a host for NBC's local television show YourLA.

French is a member of the Cherokee Nation.[citation needed] She once[when?] spoke at the National Trail of Tears Conference.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kenny, Rachel (September 2006). "Taking The Reign: A Visit With Columbia's Own Miss Missouri". Inside Columbia. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  2. ^ "Miss Louisiana Teen USA Crowned Miss Teen USA 2004 During Live NBC Telecast on August 16th" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 2004-08-16. Retrieved 2007-01-29.
  3. ^ Crook, Jennifer (December 2006). "Lakeside Alumni Vies for Miss America title". Hot Springs Life and Home. p. 34. Archived from the original on 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2007-01-28.

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Preceded by
Brittany Carpenter
Miss Arkansas Teen USA
Succeeded by
Ashton Schmidt
Preceded by
Stacie Cooley
Miss Missouri
Succeeded by
Lindsay Casmaer