Welcome to my site!
It’s nice to e-meet you! I’m Sara Bauknecht, a multimedia journalist with experience in reporting and editing for print, the Web and video. But at the heart of what I do, I’m a storyteller, which to me is one of the most humbling and exhilarating jobs in the world.
I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid growing up in a small town in southeastern Ohio. Back then, I’d nag my parents (my dad always was the softy) to let me use their old-school bulky camcorder (remember those?!?) so I could film things around the house or the backyard for my make-believe news program, “Eye to Eye News.” Then, I moved on to drafting newsletters and little magazines out of rainbow packs of construction paper. Plus, I loved making short travel films for our summer vacations. I’d set them to music and create handmade signs that I’d film to introduce new segments.
A thirst for telling a good story stuck with me through junior high school, when I joined the yearbook and newspaper staffs. In high school, I told even more stories. For a couple of years, I started off most mornings sharing stories as the morning announcement broadcaster. (News alert! It’s tater tots and pizza boats today in the lunchroom!) By my senior year, I’d worked my way up to editor-in-chief of the yearbook staff.
After high school, I traded in small-town life for a taste of the big city. I attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City (class of 2009, valedictorian), where I learned a lot about how other people told stories as a Communication Arts major, with minors in Creative Writing and Theater. I also learned a lot about storytelling beyond the classroom as an intern/temp for The Montel Williams Show, Conde Nast, Penguin Group USA, NY 1 News and CBS News.
An opportunity at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper brought me to Pittsburgh, Pa. just a couple of months after college graduation. I started as an intern and have been there ever since. During the past nearly seven years, I’ve been fortunate to be able to tell tons of stories. My first month on the job the G-20 Summit came to town. There’ve also been plenty of late nights monitoring breaking news as a digital news editor, including during Steelers Super Bowl bids and when the verdict in the Jerry Sandusky casewas reached. In the field, I’ve covered everything from ballet performances to bomb threats. On the road, I’ve been to New York City nearly a dozen times to cover New York Fashion Week for the Post-Gazette and wire services, such as the Chicago-based Tribune Content Agency.
These days, I coordinate the Post-Gazette’s fashion and beauty coverage as the style editor and report on the Pittsburgh arts scene as a dance writer/critic. I also contribute to the Web team as an online editor who helps edit home page layout, edits and posts breaking news, updates social media platforms and monitors post-gazette.com’s analytics. Another highlight of the job is getting to produce, edit and co-host a weekly Web show called “Setting the SEEN,” which spotlights social and style-related news, events and hot spots across Pittsburgh.
I love paying forward my love of storytelling, too. For the past few years, I’ve been an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at Point Park University, where I earned my Master’s of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication in 2011. I also enjoy guest lecturing at journalism workshops and career days.
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