Award-winning investigative reporter Sarah Wallace has joined New York City’s biggest and best I-Team, NBC 4 New York announced Tuesday morning.
NBC 4 New York’s award-winning investigative unit will be even stronger with the addition of the veteran investigative journalist, who brings more than 30 years of experience uncovering hard-hitting stories in the tri-state area.
Wallace joins an acclaimed team that includes Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst and investigative reporters Chris Glorioso, Melissa Russo and Pei-Sze Cheng.
“Sarah is well-known in the community, has incredible sources and isn’t afraid to knock on doors and ask the tough questions,” said Susan Sullivan, vice president of news at NBC 4 New York. “We’re proud she’s joining our I-Team and can’t wait to get her on the air.”
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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.
“I am thrilled to be working with reporters who are as passionate about investigative journalism as I am,” said Wallace. “I can't wait to be part of the NBC 4 I-Team and look forward to advocating once again on behalf of tri-state viewers.”
Wallace lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Look for her on NBC 4 New York in the beginning of September.