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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!


Recent Articles
  • Snow blankets OKC as storm rolls through

    OKLAHOMA CITY– Less than a week after a storm brought ice, freezing rain and snow to Oklahoma, the Sooner State was hit again. The snow started falling around Oklahoma City during the morning commute Friday. Drivers towards the south dealt with slick roads and icy conditions, which caused numerous wrecks and collisions. A drive many residents weren’t prepared to make. Kim Gilliam said, “I’ve lived in Oklahoma my whole life; 20 percent and it snows, 100 percent and there’s no […]

  • Tinker AFB reservists host Christmas party for vets

    NORMAN, Okla. — Veterans were treated to a little bit of Christmas cheer as Santa paid a visit to the Norman Veterans Center Friday afternoon. In full Santa fashion, he brought gifts for all the veterans, candy and even a bit of food to enjoy. Many of these vets are over 85-years-old and served in WWII and Korea were not expecting this type of a surprise. Jessamine Sheilds, a World War II Navy nurse, said, “They said we were going […]

  • Oklahoma deputies increase patrols at Deer Creek schools

    EDMOND, Okla. – Thursday afternoon at Deer Creek Elementary, students met the Oklahoma County deputies who will now patrol their school on a regular basis. All schools in the Deer Creek district will get an increase in deputy presence. “This morning we saw the faces of innocence in these school and we’re going to continue to see the faces of innocence in these schools,” Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said. Administrators didn’t want kids to to be too scared about […]

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    Edmond man helps raise over $20,000 for Sandy Hook victims

    EDMOND, Okla. – As the families in Newtown, Connecticut, bury their loved ones, help is on the way from the efforts of one Oklahoma man. “First we started off with a goal of $10,000 and then we raised $10,000 in one day,” fundraiser Cory Boatright said. “Then we raised it to $15,000 and we’re past that.” He partnered with his friend in Phoenix and the two set up a fundraiser on the website “Go Fund Me.” The fundraiser ended Wednesday and raised […]

  • Officer shoots suspect scuffle

    OKC police officer shoots suspect in struggle

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police in Oklahoma City said an officer shot a suspect just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.  The shooting happened when officers responded to a call about a domestic fight on the 2100 block of N.W. 32nd St. “One officer responded, he responded around 8:34 a.m., and he encountered someone who resembled one half of the domestic out in the street and a struggle ensued and that suspect was shot fatally,” OKC Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. Police found a stolen […]

  • Residents find threatening flyers in mailboxes

    CHOCTAW, Okla. – Patricia Carr and her mother, Velma Reeves, said they are really mad about a flyer they found in their mailbox Thursday morning. “This is really ridiculous, scaring people and making them feel unsafe in their own homes,” Patricia said. The flyer talks about a holocaust, FEMA camps, concentration camps and more. It also states the reflective stickers on mailboxes around the area aren’t just for use by newspaper deliveries but are tags from the government. For their […]

  • Layaway elf

    Mustang couple thankful for Good Samaritan

    MUSTANG, Okla. – The Christmas tree is already up at the Fischer house in Mustang and there are a few presents under the tree.  There are more to come thanks to the kindness of a stranger. “A lot of Christmases we don’t have a lot to get gifts for the kids so we’re really focusing on getting them gifts this year,” Heather said. That’s why Heather and Chris put a few hundred dollars worth of toys on layaway for their […]

  • Church burglar

    Burglar breaks into church overnight

    EDMOND, Okla. – The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Edmond is a quiet place usually but their sense of security is now shattered. An uninvited guest showed up at the church in the early hours of Thursday afternoon. “We figure he was here for at least an hour and we do have a video camera that showed him looking around the place and going up and down the hallways, checking out each of the rooms,” school director Debbie […]

  • Okla. Powerball winner feels like she won the big one

    NORMAN, Okla. – Stephanie Cottrell’s having a good day, a winning day. “Well, I’ve never played the Powerball and I was like well, why not,” Cottrell said. A couple of ticket buys later, she’s the winner of $12. While it may not be any $580 million jackpot, it feels like one to her. She didn’t know there could be Powerball winning tickets that were not part of the big take. “When she told me, you know, you won and she […]

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    Student arrested for toilet paper arson at school

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police said a 15-year-old student at Capital Hill High School lit a toilet paper dispenser on fire during school Tuesday. A school resource officer noticed the flames. “It’s a felony crime and that’s something that is very serious,” OKC Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. “And obviously when you have got a school full of kids and you have a fire that is suddenly set, that is something that can do a lot of damage.” Police said […]

  • Powerball jackpot $500 million billboard

    Oklahomans rush to buy Powerball tickets

    OKLAHOMA CITY – In anticipation of Wednesday’s record Powerball jackpot, Oklahomans have been flocking to the stores to buy tickets. “I can’t pass this up; it’s too much to pass up, so hopefully I’ve got the winning numbers right here,” Ron Benford said, who bought a ticket Tuesday morning. Wednesday’s jackpot is worth $500 million and expected only to rise. The multi-state Powerball has never seen a jackpot this large. “When it hits something like $400 million that’s just an […]