Sara Catania

Chief Storyteller • GroundSource • Los Angeles, CA
Last edited May 2, 2018

Sara Catania is the creator of JTrust, a pop-up newsletter on trust and journalism, and chief storyteller for GroundSource, a community listening platform connecting newsrooms directly with people and their stories via mobile and voice messaging.

Previous roles include curator for the American Press Institute’s Better News initiative, editorial director of Zócalo Public Square, a non-profit blending live events and humanities journalism, and West Coast editor in charge at Reuters. Prior to that she helmed the digital news operation at NBC4 Southern California, first as editorial director and then as vice president of digital news. She was a regional editor at AOL/ and has worked as a Mother Jones contributor, as a staff writer specializing in long-form storytelling for the LA Weekly and as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Northridge Earthquake.

She serves on the program committee for the JSK Journalism Fellowship at Stanford, where she was a fellow in 2003-04, and is a former adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Sara is the author of a forthcoming memoir about growing up in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, for which she was awarded residencies at the Mesa Refuge and the Carey Institute for Global Good, as well as a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She has served as a mentor/advisor for every ONA Women’s Leadership Accelerator, as well as for the inaugural ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.