Sally Sara awarded prestigeous reporting fellowship

The ABC’s Sally Sara has been awarded one of the 2012 Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships for coverage of violence and trauma.


Radio and tv foreign correspondent Sally Sara began her career with ABC666 in Canberra as a student intern, then took up her first paid media job at 2WEB in Bourke. After joining the ABC she worked as a rural reporter, then a foreign correspondent. She has reported from more than 30 countries including Iraq, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, and most recently Afghanistan.

She is the author of the bestselling Gogo Mama – A Journey into the Lives of 12 African Women. In 2011, Sara was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to journalism and the community.

The Ochberg Fellowships were established in 1999 by the Dart Center for journalists seeking to deepen their reporting of traumatic events. Fellowships are awarded to outstanding mid-career journalists in all media who have dedicated much of their work to covering violence, conflict and tragedy, including street crime, family violence, natural disasters, war and genocide.

This year for the first time, the Ochberg Fellowships were open to journalists from all continents.

The fellowship program is named in honor of Frank Ochberg, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and a pioneering figure in the definition and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, Stockholm Syndrome and other responses to violence, trauma and terror.

Other international radio reporters honoured with the high profile fellowships include Maria Mataruse from Radio Voice of the People, Zimbabwe & South Africa and two BBC journalists, Angelina Fusco and Stuart Hughes.