Sarah Hurwitz is an Emmy-nominated journalist who caught a travel bug but is thrilled to be reporting back in her hometown. She loves the pulse of Portland, the active lifestyle, the natural beauty of the state and the quirky culture that keeps everything weird.
She spent several years reporting in cities across the country, experiencing nearly every weather climate and learning cultural nuances of each region. Before coming to KPTV, Sarah most recently spent time reporting in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she was named “Best News Reporter” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for her investigative reporting on an African-American man who died in the back of a Kalamazoo Public Safety cruiser and how officers’ negligence may have contributed to his death. That same award was also for her piece uncovering a young vigilante who posed as an underage teen online to lure potential sexual predators, then met them in person and filmed his confrontations. Those video confrontations lead to several arrests in West Michigan.
In her previous reporting in Eugene, Oregon she was one of the first reporters on scene of the Umpqua Community College shooting providing wall-to-wall live reports. Using sources for tips, she covered everything from the political tension in the weeks leading up to a historic resignation of Oregon’s governor, covered multiple breaking news situations including the massive fire that destroyed historic Civic Stadium, a mill fire that left hundreds without jobs and a month-long trial detailing a son’s murder of his father.
Sarah got her start in broadcast in Amarillo, Texas.
She grew up on the east side of Portland and is a Gresham High School alum. Go Gophers! It was at GHS where she found her calling for journalism and became the editor-in-chief of the Gresham Argus, the student-led newspaper. That passion took her 3,000 miles east to Syracuse University in upstate New York where she graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in broadcast and digital journalism.
When she’s not reporting you can catch Sarah out running, swimming laps or hiking the beautiful Gorge. If you’ve got a story idea she’d love to hear from you!