December 31, 2023

40 Under 40: Sarah Panko, 37

0.9 min read| Published On: December 31st, 2023|

By Akers Editorial

40 Under 40: Sarah Panko, 37

0.9 min read| Published On: December 31st, 2023|

Sarah Panko, 37

Occupation: Public Information Manager, City of Groveland

What I do: I manage communications for Groveland’s Police and Fire Departments, and for the City of Groveland. 

My journey: After graduating from Marquette University in 2009 with a double major in broadcast journalism and advertising, I started my career as a multimedia journalist at WRBL, the CBS-affiliated television station in Columbus, Georgia. During my five years there, I led the 5 p.m. weeknight newscast. I moved to Spectrum News 13 in Orlando where I served as the Reporter for Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.

Why it’s my passion: I love telling people’s stories!

Notable achievement: During my time at Spectrum News 13, I received an Emmy nomination and was awarded two Florida AP Broadcaster awards for team coverage.

Words of wisdom: The path to a successful career is not a sprint, but a marathon. Be patient, work hard and enjoy the journey. Make as many connections as you can and be passionate about the work you’re doing.

Outside the office: My fiancé and I enjoy visiting Disney World and I also try to spend as much time as I can with my senior dog, Molly.

Life after 40: I see myself married with an MBA! I would like to take on greater leadership responsibilities, shape communication strategies at a higher level, and mentor the next generation of communication and storyteller professionals.

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