Sara O’Brien is an Interactive Learning Producer for Poynter’s News University. She has worked in the fields of television, marketing and promotions for over 12 years as a writer, editor, producer, videographer and graphic artist.
Before joining the NewsU team at Poynter, O’Brien was the On-Air Marketing Manager for the American Sports Network. She also served as Creative Services Production Manager for WTTA Great 38 for 3 years. She has worked on a vast array of high-end video projects such as commercials, infomercials, promos, and television shows. She was the video editor for Hidden Warriors: Women of the Ho Chi Minh Trail which was selected for the 9th Annual Women’s International Film Festival in 2008.
O’Brien earned her B.A. in Communications at Worcester State College in Massachusetts and although she was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Sara considers St. Petersburg, Florida her true home. In 2009, she authored St. Petersburg Then & Now, a local history book. She is also the owner of Wide Sky, a t-shirt company that specializes in humor t-shirts that comment on the history and culture of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay and Florida. In 2015, Wide Sky was voted Best New Local T-Shirts by Tampa Bay’s Creative Loafing.