A Chicago-area native, Sarah grew up in Lake Forest, where she played basketball and was all-state in field hockey and track. She went on to attend Cornell University, where she was a heptathlete and captain of the Track & Field team. After college Sarah briefly worked at Intersport Television in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. She spent six years in L.A., working as an associate producer for The Final Score on Fox Sports Net, doing freelance sportswriting for a variety of websites and hosting an online fantasy football show.
Sarah returned to Chicago in late 2008 to work for local start-up website MouthpieceSports.com. She was a jack of all trades in her year there, acting as a producer, writer and reporter. Highlights included working in a beat reporter role for both the Blackhawks and the Cubs and covering national events like Super Bowl XLIII and the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Before joining ESPN in 2010, Sarah wrote a popular sports blog on ChicagoNow.com, acted as a recurring guest-host of ChicagoNow radio on WGN AM-720 and was a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune Red Eye. Sarah also did some sidelines reporting for the Big Ten Network and hosted the Coors Light Fantasy Players Minute, an online fantasy football show.