About Sara

Journalist, writer, digital content curator

Sara Pequeño is the newest Raleigh-based journalist and opinion writer for McClatchy’s North Carolina Opinion Team. She plans to use her platform to cover social issues and local politics with empathy and a passion for progressive ideas.

Born in Winston-Salem and raised in Mount Airy, NC, the 24-year-old loves her home state and wants it to be the best it can be. Her life and those around her have shaped her personally and professionally, and she hopes to continue her work with empathy and nuance.

Prior to her hiring at the News & Observer, Sara worked as the digital content manager  at INDY Week, an alt-weekly newspaper based in the Triangle. There, she focused on Orange County and the UNC System, but occasionally stepped into other beats focused on social justice and state-level politics.

Sara graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019 with B.A. ‘s in media and journalism and political science. In college, she wrote for The Daily Tar Heel and interned at Our State Magazine, and spent a week reporting on the Venezuelan migrant crisis in Medellín, Colombia in 2019 through the journalism school.

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