Editorial director, Zócalo Public Square
Sara Catania is editorial director of Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit that blends live events and humanities journalism in partnership with educational, cultural, and philanthropic institutions. Before that she was West Coast Editor in Charge at Reuters, where she led general news coverage from the Rockies to the Pacific, a role she assumed after nearly five years at NBC4 Southern California, first as editorial director and then as vice president of digital news.
Under her leadership NBC4 won its first-ever national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Before NBC Sara was a regional editor at AOL’s hyperlocal Patch.com, where she spearheaded the Southern California operation, helping launch the first sites in the state and guide the establishment of the brand in the region.
Sara has worked as a Mother Jones contributor, as a staff writer specializing in long-form storytelling for the LA Weekly and as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Northridge Earthquake. She served for six years as an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and was a JSK Fellow in 2003-2004.