Sarah Jones is an award winning journalist with more than a decade of experience. In September 2019, she joined WTHR as a one-man-band reporter - meaning she films, edits, writes, produces and reports her own pieces. She’s one of the top 20 North American Young Leaders chosen by Friends of Europe. Sarah received the Women Economic Forum's highest honor on International Women's Day 2018 in the Hague when she was named one of their "Women of the Decade" in News & Social Engagement. Sarah was selected as one of the top 1,000 most influential Twitter profiles.
On more than one occasion she has been invited to advise senior level military planners and government officials - in the US and allied countries - on social technologies. In 2014 she was voted Best Journalist in Social Media by a panel of industry leaders at the Sixth Annual Shorty Awards. Sarah is also an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow and a two time International Reporting Project Fellow. Sarah started her transition from newsgathering and producing to on-air reporting in 2016. Sarah has been an Online Media Awards judge and Skoll World Forum delegate since 2015. She also founded the international moment of silence and online event to help remember fallen journalists with co-partners like the Committee to Protect Journalists and the UN Foundation's Plus Social Good. The event reached over 9 million people in its first year and in person events were held around the world.
On a personal level Sarah is passionate about access to education, social entrepreneurship, women's rights, access to clean water and sanitation and ethical fashion/products.
JR was born in Hyderabad, India, and completed his bachelors in Mathematics as well as Business degree at Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS, PILANI). After graduation, JR came to the US in 1991 to pursue his master’s degree in industrial engineering and graduated, immediately beginning work at a logistics software company in Chicago where he worked before switching his profession to Information Technology (IT) with Unisys Corporation. He and his family moved to the Indianapolis area in 1995. His spouse and two high school children reside together in Carmel today.
JR worked at Unisys Corporation for 23 years, starting off his career as a programmer and closing his time with the company as Medicaid Program Director for the US region. While JR’s journey within Unisys was fabulous and took him all around the country and globe, his goal was to quit his corporate job before turning 50.
Something was amiss for JR during his corporate years and he has committed his retirement years to focusing on the community. In addition to his extensive work with School on Wheels where he is on the Diversity Committee and a regular volunteer who has inspired others to join him, JR is Joint-Executive Director of Great Lakes Region with Hindu Swayamesevak Sangh, USA. Additionally, he volunteers for SeWa International USA, the Hindu Education Foundation, and locally volunteers his time with Family Promise of Indianapolis, Carmel Interfaith Alliance, Indiana Multifaith Network, and Carmel Clay Schools' Racial Diversity Council.
In addition to volunteering, JR has run several marathons, including the NYC Marathon in 2018 and the Chicago Marathon in 2019.