Sara Shookman is an Emmy and Murrow award-winning television journalist, glad to be working here at home in Northeast Ohio. Sara anchoring 3News' Front Row 7 p.m. newscast with Jim Donovan. She joined the 3News team in 2012.
Sara is one of 3News' go-to storytellers, covering local, national and even international news. She’s often assigned to the big story and has filed reports around the country for wkyc studios' parent company, TEGNA. The Olympics have been a favorite assignment for Sara. She’s covered the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Sara seeks out stories that raise the voices of women, like those featured in her "Boss Ladies of CLE" series.
Sara’s anchoring, and in particular her strengths in the field, won her a 2017 Emmy for talent. She’s won five regional Emmy awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Girls Scouts of Northeast Ohio honored Sara as one its 2020 Women of Distinction. Cleveland Magazine named Sara one of the city’s most interesting people.
Sara often gets attention for her work in the community. She volunteers hundreds of hours each year to nonprofit organizations through events, station initiatives and personal visits. She’s served in leadership roles for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Towards Employment, and Stewart’s Caring Place, a cancer care center in Akron. She's a vocal advocate for cancer research, raising thousands of dollars for the cause each year.
Sara grew up in Akron. She’s a proud graduate of Manchester High School and lover of the Portage Lakes. She’s glad to be back at 3News, where she first worked as an intern during her college years at Ohio University. She graduated summa cum laude from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. Prior to 3News, Sara was reporting and filling in at the anchor desk at WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sara got her start in television at WOUB in Athens, Ohio, where she now mentors young journalists.
When she's not at work, Sara loves adventures with her husband and young daughter. They love to travel and try new restaurants in the CLE. Mostly, they try to get outside in any Cleveland weather! She enjoys standup paddleboarding, gardening and cycling in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter.