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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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    Special Report: Selling seized guns

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:33:31 GMT
    Instead of destroying them, The Columbus Police Department is selling hundreds of seized guns. Some of the guns were used in crimes, others were found on the road- all of them now headed back to the streets.“The policeman in me says I’d rather not see that gun back on the street, we’ve already gotten a hold of it once, but you’ve got 550 guns- will every one of them be used in a crime? No. Some of them will be sold to someone that will enjoy the use of that gun for the rest of their life and ...
    Instead of destroying them, The Columbus Police Department is selling hundreds of seized guns. Some of the guns were used in crimes, others were found on the road- all of them now headed back to the streets.“The policeman in me says I’d rather not see that gun back on the street, we’ve already gotten a hold of it once, but you’ve got 550 guns- will every one of them be used in a crime? No. Some of them will be sold to someone that will enjoy the use of that gun for the rest of their life and ...
  • Police: Columbus man stabbed in neck on Farr Road

    Police: Columbus man stabbed in neck on Farr Road

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:58:50 GMT
    A Columbus man is in satisfactory condition after police say he was stabbed in the neck.It happened early Friday morning at around 2am on Farr Road. Police say the call originally went out as a shooting on Connor Road, but the aggravated assault took place about a mile away on Farr Road.Police reported the 26-year-old man was in critical condition but the hospital said Friday morning that he was in satisfactory condition.Police are now looking for a young, heavyset black female in her 20’s.
    A Columbus man is in satisfactory condition after police say he was stabbed in the neck.It happened early Friday morning at around 2am on Farr Road. Police say the call originally went out as a shooting on Connor Road, but the aggravated assault took place about a mile away on Farr Road.Police reported the 26-year-old man was in critical condition but the hospital said Friday morning that he was in satisfactory condition.Police are now looking for a young, heavyset black female in her 20’s.
  • Phenix City Police host Skid Car training due to increase in officer accidents

    Phenix City Police host Skid Car training due to increase in officer accidents

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:27:33 GMT
    Phenix City Police say in the last few years, more of their officers are getting into accidents. To help prevent that, the department decided to host Skid Car training- not only for their patrol officers, but also for officers and deputies from all across Alabama.The training teaches officers how to control their patrol car during high-speed chases or in bad weather situations. The Skid Car is modified with hydraulics that lifts the car to take traction away at low speeds."It's for both polic...
    Phenix City Police say in the last few years, more of their officers are getting into accidents. To help prevent that, the department decided to host Skid Car training- not only for their patrol officers, but also for officers and deputies from all across Alabama.The training teaches officers how to control their patrol car during high-speed chases or in bad weather situations. The Skid Car is modified with hydraulics that lifts the car to take traction away at low speeds."It's for both polic...
  • 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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    18 arrested so far in Anderson County drug roundup

    Eighteen people have been arrested so far as part of a round up in Anderson County after a grand jury returned indictments on 26 people on drug charges.
    Eighteen people have been arrested so far as part of a round up in Anderson County after a grand jury returned indictments on 26 people on drug charges.
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    Tropical depression two forms in central Atlantic

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