Get to know Sarah!
KOLO 8 Anchor Sarah Johns joined Reno’s number one television station in October 2007, after several years in Reno broadcasting.
Sarah began her television career in Reno after graduating from the University of Nevada in 2000 as a news editor. She then worked her way up the ranks and became a news producer, but in the back of her mind Sarah always wanted to be reporting on camera. So, she moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho in October of 2001 to gain some on-air experience and worked at the ABC affiliate there for two and a half years. As soon as that contract ended, Sarah came back “home” and worked as an anchor and reporter for three and a half years at another local station in town.
Sarah’s reporting has run the gamut, from riding in a Blue Angel F/A 18-Hornet to witnessing the 2006 execution of Daryl Linnie Mack. And her experiences have garnered her several awards. She was nominated for an Emmy award in 2007 for a series on drug education in Washoe County schools. Sarah was also recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists three times with two awards in Business and Consumer news reporting, and an award in Feature reporting.
Sarah is an active member of the Junior League of Reno, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Sarah is also a member of the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network. And Sarah also serves as a Regional Vice President for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NorCal Chapter.
Sarah is very proud of the fact that she is a former Shriner’s Hospital patient and wants people to feel free to ask her about her experience in the hospital.
Sarah says making Reno her permanent home is an easy fit, since she grew up just “over the hill” in Auburn, California.