Lake Forest native Sarah Spain’s determination (and passion for sports!) has made her one of Chicago medias rising stars.
A self-proclaimed big dreamer, Sarah Spain isn’t completely shocked that her voice can be heard daily on ESPN 1000 and that she can be seen weekly on WGN. The Lake Forest native’s cheeky wit, undying love of sports, and relentless determination to succeed have taken her from coast to coast and landed her just where she wanted to be—back at home reporting on the city she loves.
This spring was full of new opportunities for this up-and-coming broadcaster. Sarah is currently a contributor to WGN’s new half-hour local food, lifestyle, and entertainment show, Chicago’s Best, which premiered at 10 p.m. on April 16. “It’s geared toward everyday Chicago people,” Sarah explains. “We highlight the places in Chicago neighborhoods that all Chicagoans may not know about because they don’t live there.” Sarah got the job without even applying; the general manager of CLTV had followed her career and sent her information over to the producer. Ted Brunson, who worked on networks like TLC and Fox Sports Net in the past, and Brittney Payton, Walter Payton’s daughter and a recent communications graduate from DePaul, join Sarah on the program. “We all get to cover a variety of topics on the show and see a lot of Chicago that we didn’t know about before,” Sarah says.
She also recently secured a job as an anchor and reporter on ESPN 1000’s SportsCenter from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week. She’ll break in with live sports updates throughout the afternoon as well as create videos for www.espnchicago.com. “There really aren’t any female voices on ESPN 1000, so I will be the only one, and I’m going to make sure my voice is heard,” she says. Continue reading