We’re pleased to announce that Sara Ziegler will be joining Sports as deputy editor for strategy and operations.
Sara, the sports editor at FiveThirtyEight, will bring the same analytical rigor, creativity and passion to this role. At FiveThirtyEight she broadened the range of voices in the report and expanded coverage to more sports and leagues, including more women’s sports. She was part of the site’s operations team, she led its live coverage of many events, and she hosted a sports podcast called “Hot Takedown” that ran for 140 episodes.
Ask her about any of her work and she’ll tell you: “I love process.” As the strategy and operations deputy, she’ll work to improve our workflow, planning, coverage strategy and project management, and will do so together with our talented corps of editors who help the department wrangle the unrelenting sports calendar. She will further our D.E.I. goals by launching initiatives in recruiting, career development and broadening the report. She will also be an important part of our overall editing team, and, capitalizing on her FiveThirtyEight experience, will be a leader in expanding our data journalism, a broader newsroom objective as well.
Before FiveThirtyEight, Sara was at Law360, and before that was a 16-year veteran of The Omaha World-Herald. She was president of ACES: The Society for Editing for four years, and she’s been an adjunct professor at Creighton University.
She is a native of South Dakota and an alumna of Iowa State University, and while in college won a headline-writing contest at The Times during a journalism conference (the exact hed lost to time). She is a long-suffering fan of the Minnesota Vikings, and is an A’ja Wilson stan who’s “all in” on the Las Vegas Aces. She also says she is “looking forward to the magical day when the Twins actually beat the Yankees in a playoff game. Not even an entire series — I’ll just take a game.”
The highlight of her own sports career came at age 9, as shortstop on her softball team, when she leapt and caught a rocket off the bat of a pint-sized slugger with her eyes closed. She retired from softball shortly thereafter, knowing she would never top that play.
—Randy Archibold, Jonathan Ellis, Oskar Garcia, Mike Wilson