Award-winning veteran journalist Sarah Wallace is a member of NBC 4 New York’s investigative unit, the I-Team.
In more than 30 years working in the tri-state area, Wallace earned 15 Emmy Awards for reports that include a documentary on the “Son of Sam” case and "Bedlam Behind Bars,” a story on violence in New York city’s jail system.
In her more than three decades at WABC, Wallace has covered a variety of critical stories, from the terrorist attacks of Sept.11 to the Howard Beach racial violence to the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island.
Wallace cemented her reputation as one of the city’s best reporters by securing exclusive interviews, including a one-on-one prison interview with child killer Joel Steinberg and an interview with Julio Acevedo, the Brooklyn man now convicted in the hit-and-run death of a couple in Williamsburg. Through an intermediary, Wallace helped negotiate Acevedo’s peaceful surrender to the NYPD after he fled the state.
From the poppy fields of Colombia for a series on heroin on city streets to the Middle East, as the first local reporter covering the preparations for the Gulf War, Wallace follows the story wherever it goes. She has earned numerous awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and 15 Emmy Awards, as well as a number of community commendations..
Along with 15 Emmy Awards, Wallace has been recognized with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and two Robert Greene Award for Investigative Journalism from the Long Island Fair Media Council. Wallace is the recipient of many community commendations, including one from the New York Police Department for helping negotiate a potentially explosive hostage crisis in Harlem. Wallace received the “Outstanding Women“ award from Hadassah of lower New York State and the FBI National Academy Associates “Honorary Award.“
Wallace began her broadcast career in radio in San Francisco, California, working as a news assistant at KNBR while attending college at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning a BA in Communications and Public Policy, she jumped right into television news, hired as an anchor/reporter at KMJ-TV in Fresno. Sarah then moved to KCRA-TV in Sacramento as an anchor/reporter before taking a job as a weeknight anchor at KTTV in Los Angeles.
She moved on to KCST-TV in San Diego as an anchor/reporter before being hired as a consumer/investigative reporter at WABC-TV in New York. She anchored the weekend newscasts for six years before joining the station's investigative unit in 1998.
Wallace lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.