Senior Editor & Director of Local Projects
Sarah Childress works to develop and strengthen reporting across all FRONTLINE platforms, from its documentaries to interactives, digital stories and podcast series. She has 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.