CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sarah French is a four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist. She anchors Wake Up Charlotte 4:30 to 7 a.m. as well as the midday show from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. with Ben Thompson.
Sarah joined WCNC in 2017 as the evening anchor. After five years, she moved to mornings so she could be with her kids after school. Sarah moved to Charlotte from Boston, Massachusetts. She was the morning anchor for WHDH and joined the team in 2011. She was also the host of What's Cooking, How to Help and Backstage in Boston. Prior to WHDH, Sarah was the morning anchor at WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah began her career as a reporter for KOMU in Columbia, Missouri.
Sarah brings rich experience covering major world events. She was on the ground covering the Boston Marathon bombing, the destructive aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She holds three prestigious Emmy Awards. She also received the "Speak for Thyself Award" honoring community advocates and nonprofit leaders, as well as Boston’s Most Exceptional Women Honoree.
Sarah is an inspirational champion for several notable causes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She is also an advocate for domestic violence victims. After the tragic death of her friend and colleague, Alice Morrin, Sarah worked tirelessly with Connecticut legislators to pass a 911 texting bill after Alice's death.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In 2021, she went back to school and earned her Master of Journalism degree. After covering the Boston Marathon bombing, Sarah decided her research would focus on how to help journalists who cover traumatic events.
Sarah is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She grew up in Arkansas and lives in Charlotte with her husband and two kids. They also have two dogs, Buddy and Teddy. Sarah is a huge fan of the theatre and enjoys spending her free time with her family.