Sara James


Sara James is an Emmy award-winning foreign correspondent, author and commentator.

Sara covers Australasia for NBC News, filing reports for NBC Today, Dateline, and NBC Nightly News. In Australia, Sara James’ featured segment An American in Oz airs fortnightly on ABC News Breakfast.  She covers a mix of politics, business, culture, and social issues. 

Before moving to Australia in 2008, Sara was based in New York for more than a decade. She served as substitute newsreader on NBC Today, was a frequent co-anchor of Weekend Today and often anchored MSNBC.

Sara earned many prestigious awards for her reports on some of the biggest international stories of our era.

Sara received the U.S. National Press Club award for her investigation of modern day slavery in Sudan, a New York Festival award for her report on the first woman considered for the US space program, and a coveted Emmy Award for her coverage of the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. She received a Headliner Award for her report on a victim of the September 11 attacks, and a Gracie for her story about methamphetamine addiction in women. Sara’s report on Australia’s Stolen Generation won the Overseas Press Club of America Citation for Excellence.

She also covered the Taliban; the Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal; the Oklahoma City bombing; famine in Somalia; and political upheaval in Haiti.

Sara has written two books – The Best of Friends (HarperCollins) and An American in Oz (Allen & Unwin) – and edited a third book, An Extraordinary School (ACER Press).

Today, Sara lives in the Macedon Ranges near Melbourne with her Australian husband, Andrew Butcher; daughters Sophie and Jacqueline; golden retriever Nanci Drew; and a hen house full of chooks.

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