NationalityAmerican ReligionJudaism RoleJournalist AwardsShorty Award for Podcast
Alma materUniversity of Chicago NameSarah Koenig SpouseBen Schreier
Full NameSarah Augusta Koenig OccupationJournalistPublic radio personalityStaff producer of the television and radio program This American Life Known forHost and executive producer of Serial ParentsMaria Eckhart, Julian Koenig SiblingsJohn Koenig, Pim Koenig, Antonia Koenig Similar PeopleIra Glass, Julian Koenig, Julie Snyder, Alex Matthiessen, Peter Matthiessen
Sarah koenig serial 2014 peabody award acceptance speech
Sarah Koenig (/ˈkeɪnɪɡ/; born July 1969) is an American journalist, public radio personality, staff producer of the television and radio program This American Life, and the host and executive producer of the acclaimed podcast Serial.
Koenig graduated from the University of Chicago in 1990 and later began working as a reporter at The East Hampton Star. Then she worked in Russia as a reporter for ABC News and later for The New York Times. She covered the State House (politics) for the Concord Monitor and later for the Baltimore Sun.
She began working as a producer for This American Life in January 2004. She co-produced the 2006 Peabody Award-winning episode of This American Life entitled "Habeas Schmabeas."
In 2013, she began work on a spinoff podcast of the This American Life radio program entitled Serial. It debuted in October 2014 and was the number one podcast on iTunes when it was released.
Recognition and honors
TIME magazine named Koenig one of "The 100 Most Influential People" on April 16, 2015. Also in 2015, she was named as one of The Forward 50.
Koenig is the daughter of renowned advertising copywriter Julian Koenig and Maria (Eckhart) Matthiessen. Her stepfather was novelist Peter Matthiessen.
Koenig attended Concord Academy in Concord, MA. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Ben Schreier, an associate professor of English and Jewish studies at Penn State, and their two children.