Sarah Thamer

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What did you do before you were a Miner?

I was an anchor and news reporter in Wisconsin! I started my TV career as an intern at KSTP in Minneapolis and got my first on-air job in La Crosse, WI, at WKBT. Two-and-a-half years later, I made the trip to Milwaukee where I reported for two years. It was an incredible experience being on the frontlines of history and being witness to so many incredible stories.

What do most people not understand about the news?

Most of us go into this field for the passion and the people. We care about the truth, we care about serving the community, we care about exposing injustices and we care about being honest. We understand that earning the community’s trust is important, and most of us wish people knew just how hard we work for stories to be balanced and accurate.

What are three things people don’t know about you?

+ I used to perform spoken word poetry in coffee shops and bookstores across the Minneapolis area.

+ I speak fluent Arabic.

+ I’m really good at Skee Ball.

What is your favorite quote?

+ “The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” – Leo Buscaglia

What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

Stay true to who you are. Embrace your roots and your background. Spend more time with your parents.

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