Sara is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Previously, she spent 11 years on faculty at The Poynter Institute consulting with news organizations and working journalism schools to help them to better incorporate visual storytelling into their work.
She was president of the Society for News Design in 2016.
She has conducted large-scale research projects on how people engage with media in print, online and mobile for more than a decade. Her most recent research in 2021 as a Reynolds Journalism Fellow examines the perception of credibility and trust in journalistic photography and captions for the National Press Photographers Association.
Sara also spent nearly two decades in newsrooms, first at her hometown paper, the Wichita Eagle, then at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. As assistant managing editor for visuals, she oversaw the photo, design and graphics staffs, in addition to special projects and innovative products.
A master's degree at Syracuse University prepared her as an illustrator and put her on the path to teaching.
Sara loves teamwork and great visual storytelling.