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Sarah Panko

Sarah Panko currently anchors and produces News Three First Edition at 5pm. She also provides the latest consumer news on News Three Nightwatch at 11pm.

Sarah joined the WRBL news team in 2009 as a digital journalist after graduating from Marquette University with a double major in Broadcasting Communications and Advertising with a minor in Marketing. 

Sarah's no stranger to the South- she lived in Florida for 10 years before moving back to Chicago.

While in school, Sarah worked as an assignment desk editor for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

During her time there, she was selected to attend the Republican National Convention as a correspondent for WISN.com. Sarah also contributed stories to the Emmy Award-winning program, "Student Commitment."

Sarah also interned at WITI FOX6 Now in Milwaukee when she was selected to submit a political story featured on USAToday.com.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, spending time with her dog Molly and meeting new people in the community. She is also an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

You can e-mail Sarah at spanko@wrbl.com.

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  • FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:12:09 GMT
    Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
  • Mayor Teresa Tomlinson responds to Columbus' recent violent crimes

    Mayor Teresa Tomlinson responds to Columbus' recent violent crimes

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:25:44 GMT
    Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who is traveling overseas on a city trip, has sent a statement to WRBL News 3 about Columbus' recent violent crimes.Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who is traveling overseas on a city trip, has sent a statement to WRBL News 3 about Columbus' recent violent crimes.
     Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is responding to recent violent crimes in the Columbus area and scheduling a peace rally.
     Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is responding to recent violent crimes in the Columbus area and scheduling a peace rally.
  • 2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    Aug 22, 2014 12:16 PM2014-08-22 23:29:41 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
  • UPDATE: Coroner rules deaths of Columbus mother, baby a homicide

    UPDATE: Coroner rules deaths of Columbus mother, baby a homicide

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:28:15 GMT
    Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that they are now calling the fire that claimed the life of a Columbus mother and her infant a homicide.As news 3 reported --the bodies of 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old boy Dylan Conner- were found in a back bedroom of their Winifred Lane home after a fire around midnight Thursday.Detectives previously told News 3 they were collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene to determine whether accelerants may have been used to start the fire....
    Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that they are now calling the fire that claimed the life of a Columbus mother and her infant a homicide.As news 3 reported --the bodies of 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old boy Dylan Conner- were found in a back bedroom of their Winifred Lane home after a fire around midnight Thursday.Detectives previously told News 3 they were collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene to determine whether accelerants may have been used to start the fire....
  • Baby, mother found dead after "suspicious" Columbus house fire

    Baby, mother found dead after "suspicious" Columbus house fire

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:40:04 GMT
    A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire in Columbus early Thursday morning.
    A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire in Columbus early Thursday morning.
  • Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again

    Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:54:21 GMT
    The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3.
    The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3.
  • Jury selection underway in Columbus murder retrial

    Jury selection underway in Columbus murder retrial

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:23:36 GMT
    60 potential jurors will have to report back to a Columbus courtroom tomorrow as jury selection continues in the retrial of the man accused of killing then-Muscogee County Superintendent Dr. Jim Burns in 1992.Kareem Lane was 17-years-old when prosecutors say he stabbed Burns inside his home. 20 years later, in 2012, he went on trial for the crime. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial and earlier this year, prosecutors announced plans to retry lane.Today, about 100 potential jurors were ushered ...
    60 potential jurors will have to report back to a Columbus courtroom tomorrow as jury selection continues in the retrial of the man accused of killing then-Muscogee County Superintendent Dr. Jim Burns in 1992.Kareem Lane was 17-years-old when prosecutors say he stabbed Burns inside his home. 20 years later, in 2012, he went on trial for the crime. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial and earlier this year, prosecutors announced plans to retry lane.Today, about 100 potential jurors were ushered ...
  • Muscogee County Correctional Officer arrested, will be fired

    Muscogee County Correctional Officer arrested, will be fired

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-08-18 16:45:52 GMT
    The Muscogee County Sheriff says a correctional officer who worked at the Muscogee County Jail was arrested after a domestic issue with his girlfriend.36-year-old Keith Searcy is charged with Aggravated Assault (FV), Kidnapping (FV), and Criminal Trespass.Searcy was arrested after a dispute at a home on 23rd Street in Columbus early Sunday morning. Sheriff John Darr says he turned himself in and has since made bond.Darr says Searcy will be fired. He has worked with the sheriff's office for le...
    The Muscogee County Sheriff says a correctional officer who worked at the Muscogee County Jail was arrested after a domestic issue with his girlfriend.36-year-old Keith Searcy is charged with Aggravated Assault (FV), Kidnapping (FV), and Criminal Trespass.Searcy was arrested after a dispute at a home on 23rd Street in Columbus early Sunday morning. Sheriff John Darr says he turned himself in and has since made bond.Darr says Searcy will be fired. He has worked with the sheriff's office for le...
  • Columbus Police make arrest in Dogwood Avenue shooting

    Columbus Police make arrest in Dogwood Avenue shooting

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-07 23:04:03 GMT
    Eronjavel Davidson pleaded not guilty in court Thursday for a shooting Sunday on Dogwood Avenue.Eronjavel Davidson pleaded not guilty in court Thursday for a shooting Sunday on Dogwood Avenue.
     Eronjavel Davidson pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to shooting and injurying a man on Dogwood Avenue Sunday.
     Eronjavel Davidson pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to shooting and injurying a man on Dogwood Avenue Sunday.
  • Tax-free weekend kicks off today in Alabama and Georgia

    Tax-free weekend kicks off today in Alabama and Georgia

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:06:07 GMT
    More than a dozen states are offering sales-tax-free shopping this month. Starting Friday - both Alabama and Georgia kick off their sales tax holiday.About 30 to 40 shoppers lined up at Best Buy on Manchester Expressway in Columbus before the store opened for what some call the second biggest shopping season of the year.“I love shopping,” says Jackie Hall. Hall is just one of the many shoppers that lined the aisles at Best Buy to take advantage of the tax-free weekend.She came all the way fro...
    More than a dozen states are offering sales-tax-free shopping this month. Starting Friday - both Alabama and Georgia kick off their sales tax holiday.About 30 to 40 shoppers lined up at Best Buy on Manchester Expressway in Columbus before the store opened for what some call the second biggest shopping season of the year.“I love shopping,” says Jackie Hall. Hall is just one of the many shoppers that lined the aisles at Best Buy to take advantage of the tax-free weekend.She came all the way fro...
  • Only on 3: Sheriff talks about deputy arrest

    Only on 3: Sheriff talks about deputy arrest

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:26:46 GMT
    A Muscogee County Sheriff deputy was arrested for bringing in contraband and some other things into the county jail.
    A Muscogee County Sheriff deputy was arrested for bringing in contraband and some other things into the county jail.
  • Columbus police sergeant threatens teen with gun

    Columbus police sergeant threatens teen with gun

    Thursday, January 16 2014 1:14 PM EST2014-01-16 18:14:05 GMT
    A Columbus police sergeant quits after admitting he pointed his gun at a teenager and threatened to shoot her. News 3's Sarah Panko filed an open records request and obtained a copy of the Investigative
    A Columbus police sergeant quits after admitting he pointed his gun at a teenage girl and threatened to shoot her.
  • Wiping old electronics clean

    Wiping old electronics clean

    Monday, December 30 2013 6:05 PM EST2013-12-30 23:05:42 GMT
    If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you're probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you
    If you were lucky enough to have gotten a new tablet or laptop for the holidays, you're probably passing your old one on to someone else or sending it off to be recycled. Consumer Reports says before you
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  • Columbus gets new Walmart's...with a twist

    Columbus gets new Walmart's...with a twist

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:03:13 GMT
    Three new Walmart's are coming to town, and two of them are not your average Supercenter.Construction is about to be underway at the new Walmart Supercenter on Victory Drive at the site of the old Baker High School. Two new proposals, however, will bring the Walmart Neighborhood Market to Columbus.The Market is like a grocery store, without the clothes, hardware, etc. typical to most Walmart's.See the proposals at www.columbusga.org/planning. You can voice your opinion about the new stores be...
    Three new Walmart's are coming to town, and two of them are not your average Supercenter.Construction is about to be underway at the new Walmart Supercenter on Victory Drive at the site of the old Baker High School. Two new proposals, however, will bring the Walmart Neighborhood Market to Columbus.The Market is like a grocery store, without the clothes, hardware, etc. typical to most Walmart's.See the proposals at www.columbusga.org/planning. You can voice your opinion about the new stores be...
  • Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:41:56 GMT
    Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
  • FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:12:09 GMT
    Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
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