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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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  • Authorities: Man walks into sheriff's office, confesses to sexual abuse

    Authorities: Man walks into sheriff's office, confesses to sexual abuse

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:58:31 GMT
    Johnny Row BoltJohnny Row Bolt
    A 62-year-old Chambers County man was arrested on two counts of Sexual Abusecharges. Authorities with the Chambers County Sheriff's Office say Johnny Bolt, of Five Points, walked into the sheriff's office this week and confessed to sexually abusing a family member under the age of 12. They say he was arrested Thursday and made bond that same day.
    A 62-year-old Chambers County man was arrested on two counts of Sexual Abusecharges. Authorities with the Chambers County Sheriff's Office say Johnny Bolt, of Five Points, walked into the sheriff's office this week and confessed to sexually abusing a family member under the age of 12. They say he was arrested Thursday and made bond that same day.
  • First on 3: Authorities investigate homicide in Russell Co.

    First on 3: Authorities investigate homicide in Russell Co.

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:41:42 GMT
    Authorities are investigating a homicide at a trailer park on Lamb Road near Dixie Elementary School, according to Russell County Sheriff Health Taylor.
    Authorities are investigating a homicide at a trailer park on Lamb Road near Dixie Elementary School, according to Russell County Sheriff Health Taylor.
  • Dothan Police: Woman assaults boyfriend with edged weapon

    Dothan Police: Woman assaults boyfriend with edged weapon

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:44:46 GMT
    Vicky Ann GagumVicky Ann Gagum
    A Dothan woman was arrested this week after officers say she assaulted her boyfriend with an edged weapon. It happened Tuesday, April 1st in the 600 block of West Adams Street. Police say they found the victim who had been stabbed in his upper arm. Police say they were told the male victim and his girlfriend, Vicky Gagum, were arguing before this happened. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries....
    A Dothan woman was arrested this week after officers say she assaulted her boyfriend with an edged weapon. It happened Tuesday, April 1st in the 600 block of West Adams Street. Police say they found the victim who had been stabbed in his upper arm. Police say they were told the male victim and his girlfriend, Vicky Gagum, were arguing before this happened. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries....
  • Columbus woman arrested for rape in Chambers County

    Columbus woman arrested for rape in Chambers County

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-03 03:26:17 GMT
    Natalie Buchanan EldridgeNatalie Buchanan Eldridge
    The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office says a Columbus woman was arrested March 28th and charged with Rape 2nd Degree. Investigators say 39-year-old Natalie Buchanan Eldridge engaged in sexual intercourse with a child over the age of 12 but under 16 while living in Chambers County. According to a news release from the sheriff’s office that was sent Wednesday, “Eldridge has been released on a $50,000 bond and is currently pending arraignment. This investigation ...
    The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office says a Columbus woman was arrested March 28th and charged with Rape 2nd Degree. Investigators say 39-year-old Natalie Buchanan Eldridge engaged in sexual intercourse with a child over the age of 12 but under 16 while living in Chambers County. According to a news release from the sheriff’s office that was sent Wednesday, “Eldridge has been released on a $50,000 bond and is currently pending arraignment. This investigation ...
  • Two men arrested after a burglary caught on camera in Lee County

    Two men arrested after a burglary caught on camera in Lee County

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:43:28 GMT
    Thomas Brent StarkeyThomas Brent Starkey
    The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested two men afterauthorities saya Beulah home was broken into Monday.According to a news release, "On March 31, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Torrien Shane Sanders, 21, of Valley, for Burglary in the Third Degree and Theft of Property in the Third Degree. Thomas Brent Starkey, 23, of Beulah, was also arrested on an outstanding FTA Youthful Offender warrant. These arrests stem from the following events: The Le...
    The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested two men afterauthorities saya Beulah home was broken into Monday.According to a news release, "On March 31, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Torrien Shane Sanders, 21, of Valley, for Burglary in the Third Degree and Theft of Property in the Third Degree. Thomas Brent Starkey, 23, of Beulah, was also arrested on an outstanding FTA Youthful Offender warrant. These arrests stem from the following events: The Le...
  • Inmate stabbed in the Muscogee County Jail

    Inmate stabbed in the Muscogee County Jail

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:58:58 GMT
    A Muscogee County inmate recovering tonight-- after being stabbed by another inmate earlier today. Jail officials say the inmate was stabbed several times with a homemade shank. The victim, whose name is not being released, has several superficial wounds on his face, back and legs.Official say he was assaulted by another inmate who covered his face during the attack. The incident is under investigation.
    A Muscogee County inmate recovering tonight-- after being stabbed by another inmate earlier today. Jail officials say the inmate was stabbed several times with a homemade shank. The victim, whose name is not being released, has several superficial wounds on his face, back and legs.Official say he was assaulted by another inmate who covered his face during the attack. The incident is under investigation.
  • Man dead after shooting at Carousel Lounge

    Man dead after shooting at Carousel Lounge

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-04-01 15:22:17 GMT
    A young man is dead after being shot at a nightclub in Columbus. It happened around 2:30am Tuesday at the Carousel Lounge at 3003 Victory Drive. Deputy Coroner Charles Newton says 21-year-old Marcus King was pronounced dead at the Midtown Medical Center at 5:20am Tuesday. Newton says King was shot in the right buttocks and left back area. Newton says there were two bullet wounds, but an autopsy is being done tomorrow morning in Atlanta to confirm the exact cause of death. Columbus Police say...
    A young man is dead after being shot at a nightclub in Columbus. It happened around 2:30am Tuesday at the Carousel Lounge at 3003 Victory Drive. Deputy Coroner Charles Newton says 21-year-old Marcus King was pronounced dead at the Midtown Medical Center at 5:20am Tuesday. Newton says King was shot in the right buttocks and left back area. Newton says there were two bullet wounds, but an autopsy is being done tomorrow morning in Atlanta to confirm the exact cause of death. Columbus Police say...
  • 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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  • Columbus police investigating Adair Ave. shooting

    Columbus police investigating Adair Ave. shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:44:53 GMT
    Columbus police responding to calls of a shooting on Adair Avenue, police confirm.
    Columbus police responding to calls of a shooting on Adair Avenue, police confirm.
  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:54:25 GMT

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

  • Amber Alert canceled after toddler girl found; parents arrested

    Amber Alert went out after sibling was found dead

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:00:27 GMT
    Photo from WJTVPhoto from WJTV
    An Amber Alert has been canceled after 2-year old Maliah Harris was found safe in Georgia. Her 7-month-old sibling, Alyssa, was found dead and Maliah disappeared from a Mississippi home which prompted authorities to issue the alert. The girls parents, Donald Boyd Harris,34, and Allison Studdard, 31, are now in custody.
    An Amber Alert has been canceled after 2-year old Maliah Harris was found safe in Georgia. Her 7-month-old sibling, Alyssa, was found dead and Maliah disappeared from a Mississippi home which prompted authorities to issue the alert. The girls parents, Donald Boyd Harris,34, and Allison Studdard, 31, are now in custody.
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