Sarah Childress

Former Series Senior Editor

FRONTLINE's former series senior editor, Sarah Childress developed and strengthened reporting across all FRONTLINE platforms, from its documentaries to interactives, digital stories and podcast series.

She contributed to multiple digital projects and award-winning documentaries, and in 2019 co-produced Flint's Deadly Water, a two-year investigation into the extent of a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis and officials’ failure to stop it. The documentary was recognized by the Scripps Howard Awards with the Jack R. Howard Award for Broadcast – National/International Coverage, as a finalist for a 2019 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and was nominated for both a Peabody Award and an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Documentary.

In 2019, she was appointed to lead FRONTLINE's Local Journalism Initiative, which supports investigative reporting by local media outlets across the U.S.

Previously, she worked as a national reporter for Newsweek, where she covered major breaking stories, including the Iraq war. She then spent several years as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Nairobi, Kenya, and later went on to edit reporters in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America for GlobalPost. Her work has also been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Sarah graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy.

Diversity at Frontline in 2021: By the Numbers
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March 15, 2021
Nine Former Michigan Officials, Including Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder, Charged in Flint Water Crisis
More than six years after residents learned that they had been exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water and a deadly disease outbreak, top leadership in the state and city at the time have been indicted on criminal charges in connection with their role in the crisis.
January 14, 2021
Michigan Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder Charged in Flint Water Crisis
Michigan’s former governor Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with willful neglect of duty for his role in the deadly Flint water crisis that poisoned residents and is still overshadowing the city.
January 13, 2021
Charges Expected for Former Gov. Snyder, Top Officials for Flint Water Crisis
Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and some of his top health officials and aides are expecting criminal charges for their roles in the Flint water crisis, according to two lawyers involved in the case.
January 12, 2021
FRONTLINE Selects 2020-2021 Local Journalism Partners
The PBS newsroom will support four reporting teams in the second year of its Local Journalism Initiative.
October 2, 2020
Local Journalism Initiative: FAQs
Frequently asked questions about the Local Journalism Initiative.
June 25, 2020
Fixing the Force
Explore 20 years of federal investigations of police departments.
June 1, 2020
Soccer Leaker Rui Pinto Named as Luanda Leaks Whistleblower
A Portuguese whistleblower known for exposing financial wrongdoing in the global soccer industry has now come forward as the source of the trove of documents that revealed the business dealings of Africa’s richest woman. 
January 27, 2020
American Mom Pleads Guilty to Concealing Terrorism Financing
Samantha ElHassani, an American woman who traveled to the Islamic State with her family in 2015, has pleaded guilty to concealing financial support to her husband and brother-in-law to join the terrorist group.
November 27, 2019
We Found Dozens of Uncounted Deaths During the Flint Water Crisis. Here’s How.
A deadly outbreak during the water crisis officially killed 12 people. A FRONTLINE investigation strongly suggests the toll was much higher. Here's how we did it.
September 10, 2019
Flint's Deadly Water
How officials failed to stop a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis.
September 10, 2019