Sarah Cantey, originally from Madison, Conn., works for the CBS affiliate WIAT in Birmingham, Ala. She is a reporter and also works with the weather team. Click here for a sample of her reporting work and here for a sample of her weather reporting.
Cantey joined WIAT in 2016 after working in the Capital City covering everything from state politics to local, feature stories. She was a reporter/fill-in anchor for the Alabama News Network in Montgomery, Ala. She took the lead during coverage of high profile stories like Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial, the impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley, and the case of a Montgomery police officer charged with murder.
Cantey started out as a bureau reporter. She learned that success in a bureau meant being involved and active in the community. She actively developed sources to generate exclusive, enterprising content. She’s also covered stories that gained national attention, including Alabama judges not following a federal order regarding same-sex marriage, multiple high school football players dying from head injuries across the country, and the death of “To Kill A Mockingbird” author, Harper Lee.
Her more than three years in news reporting is her main focus. But, Cantey is simultaneously adding weather forecasting to her repertoire. She’s working towards a bachelor of science in geoscience/ broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Prior to reporting, Cantey worked as a digital producer for Tucson News Now, the collaborative news station for the CBS and Fox affiliates of Southern Arizona.
While in Tucson, Cantey worked extensively on the coverage of a local girl who was abducted from her home. For that story, she trudged through 300 plus pages of police documents about the missing girl Isabel Celis, making Tucson News Now the first and only station to have a comprehensive article, including original documents. In October, she also broke the story of a controversial cartoon in the Arizona Daily Wildcat, the college newspaper. Her role as a digital editor has allowed her to cover and report stories on deadline and in real time, as well as expanding her knowledge and experience with social media.
Cantey understands that in today’s journalism climate, it is paramount to be able to engage viewers on all platforms available.