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Sarah Panko

Sarah Panko currently anchors and produces News Three First Edition at 5pm. She also provides the latest consumer news on News Three Nightwatch at 11pm.

Sarah joined the WRBL news team in 2009 as a digital journalist after graduating from Marquette University with a double major in Broadcasting Communications and Advertising with a minor in Marketing. 

Sarah's no stranger to the South- she lived in Florida for 10 years before moving back to Chicago.

While in school, Sarah worked as an assignment desk editor for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

During her time there, she was selected to attend the Republican National Convention as a correspondent for WISN.com. Sarah also contributed stories to the Emmy Award-winning program, "Student Commitment."

Sarah also interned at WITI FOX6 Now in Milwaukee when she was selected to submit a political story featured on USAToday.com.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, spending time with her dog Molly and meeting new people in the community. She is also an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

You can e-mail Sarah at spanko@wrbl.com.

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  • Phenix City Police search for suspects after at least 7 car break-ins

    Phenix City Police search for suspects after at least 7 car break-ins

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:04:38 GMT
    Police are still searching for suspects after about a half dozen cars were broken into or stolen early Tuesday morning in Phenix City. The thefts happened on Kaolin Drive, Prince Drive, King Drive and Wehring Lane next to Fontaine Park near South Girard School. Christopher Brown is one of the victims from Tuesday's burglaries. He says two of his cars were broken into and believes one of the suspects was still inside his car when he went to drop off his sister.“He said the way the window buste...
    Police are still searching for suspects after about a half dozen cars were broken into or stolen early Tuesday morning in Phenix City. The thefts happened on Kaolin Drive, Prince Drive, King Drive and Wehring Lane next to Fontaine Park near South Girard School. Christopher Brown is one of the victims from Tuesday's burglaries. He says two of his cars were broken into and believes one of the suspects was still inside his car when he went to drop off his sister.“He said the way the window buste...
  • New Columbus zip line course halfway booked up for opening day

    New Columbus zip line course halfway booked up for opening day

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-09-12 23:56:02 GMT
    After almost a 2-week delay, a Columbus zip line course will officially open to the public Saturday.The Blue Heron Adventure course was supposed to open on Labor Day, but Whitewater Express employees say there were insurance and building code issues.They say those setbacks were essential to make sure Friday's grand opening was smooth sailing.News Three's Sarah Panko and Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald found out what it's like to soar above the Chattahoochee River as they were able to take one...
    After almost a 2-week delay, a Columbus zip line course will officially open to the public Saturday.The Blue Heron Adventure course was supposed to open on Labor Day, but Whitewater Express employees say there were insurance and building code issues.They say those setbacks were essential to make sure Friday's grand opening was smooth sailing.News Three's Sarah Panko and Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald found out what it's like to soar above the Chattahoochee River as they were able to take one...
  • Robotics class returns to Brookstone Middle School

    Robotics class returns to Brookstone Middle School

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-09-11 23:05:14 GMT
    Brookstone Middle School students are learning how to program a robot. This is the 2nd year the school has required all 7th grade students to take a robotics class. During the 9-week course, students have to complete 20 different challenges.“Robotics is just that one class of the day that i always look forward to,” says Nicholas Shadburn.At the beginning of the course, the students are assigned a partner and after that, it's up to them to figure out how to program their robot to move forward ...
    Brookstone Middle School students are learning how to program a robot. This is the 2nd year the school has required all 7th grade students to take a robotics class. During the 9-week course, students have to complete 20 different challenges.“Robotics is just that one class of the day that i always look forward to,” says Nicholas Shadburn.At the beginning of the course, the students are assigned a partner and after that, it's up to them to figure out how to program their robot to move forward ...
  • Lanett Police: Thousands of dollars stolen from car wash

    Lanett Police: Thousands of dollars stolen from car wash

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:17:15 GMT
    Lanett Police are looking for a man they say stole thousands of dollars from the JJ Supersonic Car Wash in July.Police say the money was reported stolen from the machines at the car wash after the suspect breaks the lights. The man was wearing a purple shirt, camo shorts, and black boots with purple laces. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Colley at 334-644-5227.
    Lanett Police are looking for a man they say stole thousands of dollars from the JJ Supersonic Car Wash in July.Police say the money was reported stolen from the machines at the car wash after the suspect breaks the lights. The man was wearing a purple shirt, camo shorts, and black boots with purple laces. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Colley at 334-644-5227.
  • Ladonia firefighters save dog from Phenix City house fire

    Ladonia firefighters save dog from Phenix City house fire

    Thursday, September 4 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-04 20:42:08 GMT

    A Phenix City family says their dog is alive after Ladonia firefighters rescued the scared animal from the family's burning home Wednesday.

    A Phenix City family says their dog is alive after Ladonia firefighters rescued the scared animal from the family's burning home Wednesday.

  • 28 take oath of citizenship in Columbus

    28 take oath of citizenship in Columbus

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:59:21 GMT
    28 people from 15 countries officially became citizens of the United States Tuesday morning. The annual Naturalization Ceremony was held at the federal courthouse in Columbus.Judge Clay Land presided over the ceremony that included chapters of the daughters and sons of the American Revolution and students from Brookstone School. Each student wrote a letter about what it means to be a U.S. citizen. A student read one of the letters aloud during the ceremony.“I feel great, this is probably the ...
    28 people from 15 countries officially became citizens of the United States Tuesday morning. The annual Naturalization Ceremony was held at the federal courthouse in Columbus.Judge Clay Land presided over the ceremony that included chapters of the daughters and sons of the American Revolution and students from Brookstone School. Each student wrote a letter about what it means to be a U.S. citizen. A student read one of the letters aloud during the ceremony.“I feel great, this is probably the ...
  • Zip line course runs into setbacks, set to open next Friday

    Zip line course runs into setbacks, set to open next Friday

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:14:59 GMT
    While more than 200 people rafted down the Chattahoochee River on Labor Day - no one has been able to zip line across the river.That's because the zip line course, dubbed “The Blue Heron,” is still closed. Employees at Whitewater Express in Columbus say they had hoped for it to open Monday, but that didn't happen. They say it will open Friday, September 12th- almost 2 weeks later.“We just had, some insurance things we just had to adjust- building codes, everything like that,” says Charlie Cum...
    While more than 200 people rafted down the Chattahoochee River on Labor Day - no one has been able to zip line across the river.That's because the zip line course, dubbed “The Blue Heron,” is still closed. Employees at Whitewater Express in Columbus say they had hoped for it to open Monday, but that didn't happen. They say it will open Friday, September 12th- almost 2 weeks later.“We just had, some insurance things we just had to adjust- building codes, everything like that,” says Charlie Cum...
  • FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:12:09 GMT
    Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
  • Mayor Teresa Tomlinson responds to Columbus' recent violent crimes

    Mayor Teresa Tomlinson responds to Columbus' recent violent crimes

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:25:44 GMT
    Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who is traveling overseas on a city trip, has sent a statement to WRBL News 3 about Columbus' recent violent crimes.Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who is traveling overseas on a city trip, has sent a statement to WRBL News 3 about Columbus' recent violent crimes.
     Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is responding to recent violent crimes in the Columbus area and scheduling a peace rally.
     Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is responding to recent violent crimes in the Columbus area and scheduling a peace rally.
  • 2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    Aug 22, 2014 12:16 PM2014-08-22 23:29:41 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
  • UPDATE: Coroner rules deaths of Columbus mother, baby a homicide

    UPDATE: Coroner rules deaths of Columbus mother, baby a homicide

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:28:15 GMT
    Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that they are now calling the fire that claimed the life of a Columbus mother and her infant a homicide.As news 3 reported --the bodies of 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old boy Dylan Conner- were found in a back bedroom of their Winifred Lane home after a fire around midnight Thursday.Detectives previously told News 3 they were collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene to determine whether accelerants may have been used to start the fire....
    Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that they are now calling the fire that claimed the life of a Columbus mother and her infant a homicide.As news 3 reported --the bodies of 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old boy Dylan Conner- were found in a back bedroom of their Winifred Lane home after a fire around midnight Thursday.Detectives previously told News 3 they were collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene to determine whether accelerants may have been used to start the fire....
  • Baby, mother found dead after "suspicious" Columbus house fire

    Baby, mother found dead after "suspicious" Columbus house fire

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:40:04 GMT
    A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire in Columbus early Thursday morning.
    A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire in Columbus early Thursday morning.
  • Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again

    Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:54:21 GMT
    The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3.
    The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3.
  • Columbus police sergeant threatens teen with gun

    Columbus police sergeant threatens teen with gun

    Thursday, January 16 2014 1:14 PM EST2014-01-16 18:14:05 GMT
    A Columbus police sergeant quits after admitting he pointed his gun at a teenager and threatened to shoot her. News 3's Sarah Panko filed an open records request and obtained a copy of the Investigative
    A Columbus police sergeant quits after admitting he pointed his gun at a teenage girl and threatened to shoot her.
  • Wiping old electronics clean

    Wiping old electronics clean

    Monday, December 30 2013 6:05 PM EST2013-12-30 23:05:42 GMT
    If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you're probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you
    If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you're probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you
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