Sara is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has covered a variety of stories during her time at ABC30, including wildfires, earthquakes, major crime investigations, and high profile court cases. She also enjoys sharing compelling human interest stories and highlighting positive news happening across the Valley.
Sara began her career in television news working behind the scenes at the ABC affiliate in San Francisco. From there she moved on to become an award-winning anchor, reporter, and producer at KYMA-TV in Yuma, Arizona. During her time in the desert southwest, Sara covered President George W. Bush's visit to the U.S./Mexico border, interviewed Senator John McCain, and went skydiving twice for stories with the Army's Golden Knights.
Sara graduated with honors from Stanford University, where she also played for the 2001 National Champion volleyball team. Sara has always enjoyed competing in athletics and also won state championships in basketball and high jump in high school. She now enjoys cheering for her favorite teams, traveling, and keeping in touch with family and friends across the country. She grew up in Florida, Texas, Wyoming, and Alabama before moving to California. Sara and her husband are proud to call Merced their home.
FDA warns about toxic hand sanitizers, 14 now on the list
The FDA has released a list of hand sanitizer products that are contaminated with a dangerous ingredient - methanol - that could cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, and even blindness
Madera County issues new restrictions amid COVID-19 spike
Bars are required to close completely because the county has been on the state's monitoring list since July 4 due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Madera County seeing quick rise in number of COVID-19 cases
On Tuesday, officials plan to announce a date for shutting down bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, and other facilities due to being on the state's monitoring list.
Fewer homes for sale in Merced County due to COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has made many people afraid to allow strangers inside their homes so they're only listing if necessary.
Merced councilmember faces censure over behavior at Black Lives Matter event
A video of Fernando Echevarria demonstrating a carotid control hold at an event is one of the reasons he is now facing a possible censure by the Merced City Council.
Madera County Board of Education President resigns following backlash over social media post
The Madera County Board of Education President, Sara Wilkins, resigned from her position Thursday following backlash from the community regarding a controversial post shared to her personal Facebook page.
120 jobs available in Merced as renovation of three historic buildings continues
JOB ALERT: Two buildings in downtown Merced - the Mainzer Theater and the El Capitan Hotel - are looking to hire up to 120 employees, with positions available through the Hyatt careers website.
High altitude balloons floating across the Central Valley
If you looked up in the sky over the San Joaquin Valley tonight, you may have spotted what appeared to be bright dots floating in the sky.
Algae in California Aqueduct causes water challenges in Dos Palos
A high level of algae in the California Aqueduct has caused problems over the past several days in Dos Palos.
State legislature approves funding for UC medical school in the Valley
The vision has evolved into a partnership that would use facilities at both UC Merced and UCSF Fresno.
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