Sarina Fazan anchors the 6 & 11 PM newscasts at ABC ACTION NEWS.
She is a four time Emmy award winning journalist known for landing interviews with the area's most controversial newsmakers.
Sitting in the anchor chair is the culmination of a lifelong dream.
Sarina was born in India and moved to Seattle when she was two.
English is Sarina's 4th language. She learned how to speak the language by watching her idols Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters.
But, like Walters, she struggled for years to overcome a speech impediment. It did not keep her from pursuing her dreams.
Sarina is very passionate about her work.
She has also received numerous awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and other media organizations for many of her exclusive stories.
In addition to her four Emmys, she has been nominated for three additional awards.
Among some of her biggest stories, an exclusive interview with convicted child killer Julie Schenecker. The former Russian linguist is serving a life sentence for murdering her two children.
Sarina also led coverage of the notorious Debra Lafave teacher sex scandal.
She was the first reporter invited to the Aisenberg's home in Baltimore after the couple moved from the Bay Area because of the intense scrutiny surrounding the disappearance of their daughter Sabrina.
The mother of the infamous DC Madam sat down only with Sarina after her daughter's suicide.
The only known correspondence from the infamous child killer John Couey was to Sarina.
Sarina was also the first reporter given exclusive home video of hostage Keith Stansell being reunited with his family after five years of captivity in Columbia.
She was also the only reporter in the country invited to view the wedding video of Terry Schiavo, the woman who was at the center of a decade-long right to life case in Florida.
Sarina feels two stories in particular have helped make a huge impact on the community, and she continues to be passionate about both.
She took action for a high school senior who was brutally beaten and raped. The attack caused lifelong injuries and insurance was denied to extend her care. Sarina involved lawmakers as high as the Governor of the State of Florida to get the victim's healthcare extended. Sarina also did a series of reports that got the community involved. Because of the media coverage, tens of thousands of dollars was raised for this young victim. Fundraisers on the young woman's behalf continue to this day.
In 2011, Sarina interviewed the wife of slain St. Petersburg Police officer Jeff Yaslowitz, Lorraine. Sarina worked with Lorraine to establish a run walk in her husband's honor as well as two other officers killed in the line of duty. ABC ACTION NEWS is a proud sponsor of the race held by Lorraine's "Partners for Life" Foundation. It attracts well over a thousand people and continues to grow.
She has also been asked several times to weigh in on many of her news stories on national cable shows such as Snapped.
Sarina considers the Bay area home and is committed to doing what she can to give back to this community.
Prior to her job in Tampa, Sarina worked as an anchor in New Orleans and in the Quad Cities which are in Iowa and Illinois.
If you would like to contact Sarina or have a story you would like to her to pursue email her at firstname.lastname@example.org She would like to hear from you.