Remembering May 20th, 5 years later
Temperatures to climb back up over the next few days

Sara Celi joined Freedom43TV as the 9 p.m. anchor in Sept. 2011 after more than seven years in TV. Her broadcasting career has made stops in Shreveport, Louisiana and Cincinnati, Ohio, her hometown. Sara graduated from Western Kentucky University with a double major in Broadcast News and History in May 2004.

She started out shooting her own stories at KSLA just one week after she graduated college and since then has worked in almost every news gathering capacity in the newsroom.

In 2005, the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters recognized Sara for her reporting.

When she’s not at work, you can usually find her training for her latest race.

In March 2011, she completed the LA Marathon, despite the rainy and windy conditions that forced almost 4,000 other runners to be treated for hypothermia!

She also loves to travel, shop, cook, and explore new neighborhoods.

One day, she plans to write a novel.

Life Goal – To make a difference in some way in someone else’s life

Play any sports/Favorite Sport – I am a runner, and I love competing in races. I recently won my age group in a 5K, and in March 2011 I ran the LA Marathon

Favorite TV Show – Mad Men

Favorite Car – One that runs!

Happiest moment in my life was – the day I married my husband, Sean Celi in the library named after my father at the church where I grew up.

4 notable persons you’d invite to dinner – Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, Abraham Lincoln, the Dalai Lama

Favorite food – It’s a split between Bar-B-Q and Tex/Mex

I have a pet – No. I haven’t had one since the family cat, Casey, died when I was 19. I took it hard.

Knew you wanted to be a reporter when – was 7, sitting next to my dad in the living room watching the Berlin Wall come down

Best movie of all time – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Hardest part of my job – Covering the death of someone who died fighting for our nation and freedom. Because my husband’s an officer in the Air Force, I can’t help but put myself in the shoes of those families.

Favorite holiday – Thanksgiving

My favorite story of all time – Covering Cooperative for Education’s snapshot tour through Guatemala this year. It changed my life to see all the good work that group does on behalf of Guatemala school kids. For five days, I toured that beautiful country and wrote stories about the people on the trip and the children we met along the way. It was one of the hardest and most fulfilling assignments of my life.

People are surprised when I tell them – I’ve interviewed OJ Simpson

I like to listen to – anything that has Maroon 5 or Adam Levine associated with it

Favorite Book – The Notebook

I’d jump at the chance to – be a foreign correspondent

Best part of the day – right when the sun sets

Favorite place to be other than home & work – It’s a toss up between Los Angeles and Palm Beach

Anything else you want viewers to know about you – I’m so happy to be here in Oklahoma. I’m looking forward to the challenge!

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