Sarah Koenig

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Sarah Koenig
Sarah Koenig, American journalist 2015.jpg
Sarah Koenig gives a talk in 2015
Born Sarah Augusta Koenig
(1969-07-09) July 9, 1969 (age 49)
New York City, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater The University of Chicago
  • Journalist
  • Public radio personality
  • former producer of the television and radio program This American Life
Known for Host and executive producer of Serial
Spouse(s) Ben Schreier
Children 2
Parent(s) Maria Eckhart Koenig Matthiessen
Julian Koenig
Family Peter Matthiessen (step-father)
Lester Koenig (uncle)
  • Peabody award
  • Scripps-Howard award
  • Lowell Thomas Overseas Press Club award[1]
  • Women’s Press Club of New York award[2]

Sarah Koenig (/ˈknɪɡ/; born 9 July 1969 in New York City)[3] is an American journalist, public radio personality, former[4] producer of the television and radio program This American Life,[5] and the host and executive producer of the podcast Serial.[6]


Koenig graduated from the University of Chicago in 1990[7] and later began working as a reporter at The East Hampton Star.[8] Then she worked in Russia as a reporter for ABC News and later for The New York Times.[9] She covered the State House (politics) for the Concord Monitor and later for the Baltimore Sun.[2]

She began working as a producer for This American Life in January 2004.[9] She co-produced the 2006 Peabody Award-winning episode of This American Life titled "Habeas Schmabeas."[10]

In 2013, she began work on a spinoff podcast of the This American Life radio program titled Serial, which debuted in October 2014. Serial was honored with a Peabody award in April 2015, noting that it took podcasting into the cultural mainstream.[11]

Recognition and honors[edit]

TIME magazine named Koenig one of "The 100 Most Influential People" on April 16, 2015.[12] Also in 2015, she was named as one of The Forward 50.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Koenig is the daughter of advertising copywriter Julian Koenig and Maria (Eckhart) Matthiessen. Her stepfather was novelist Peter Matthiessen.

Koenig attended Concord Academy in Concord, MA.[14] She lives in State College, Pennsylvania,[15] with her husband, Ben Schreier, an associate professor of English and Jewish studies at Penn State,[15] and their two children.


  1. ^ "The Lowell Thomas Award 2005". Overseas Press Club of America. 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "OFF OFF Campus | Sarah Koenig". OFF OFF Campus. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Sarah Janssen, ed. (6 December 2016). The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017. World Almanac. United States: World Almanac. p. 1737. ISBN 978-1-60057-207-4. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Radio Archive by Contributor | Sarah Koenig". This American Life from WBEZ. 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "SERIAL | About". SERIAL. Chicago Public Media & Ira Glass. 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  7. ^ ""Uncommon Interview: Serial's Sarah Koenig (A.B. '90)"". March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Non-Cook of the Month – Sarah Koenig". Picky Grouchy Non-Cook. May 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Staff | This American Life". This American Life. Chicago Public Media & Ira Glass. 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "This American Life | Habeas-Schmabeas". This American Life from WBEZ. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Serial". 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People". Time Magazine. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  13. ^ November 11, 2015 (2015-11-07). "Forward 50 2015 –". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  14. ^ "2015 Commencement Note for All Students". Concord Academy. Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  15. ^ a b Sellers, Caitlin (16 February 2009). "Radio show offers glimpse of professors' love story". The Daily Collegian. The Daily Collegian, State College, PA. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 

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