Sarah Bennett has been a professional journalist, editor and designer for over a decade covering news, music, food, art and hidden cultural communities both in print and web for a variety of hyperlocal, regional and national publications.
She began her career at Santa Ana College, writing and editing for the award-winning el Don student newspaper and started freelancing for her local alternative weekly while still a student. After transferring from Santa Ana College, she attended the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication where she earned a BA in Communications and a master’s degree in Specialized Journalism with an emphasis on arts and music criticism, all while editing local magazines and maintaining bylines in the L.A. Weekly, OC Weekly, L.A. Record and more.
After graduation, she became the executive editor of the Long Beach Post, where she implemented new digital strategies that turned the former political blog into one of the city's most respected online news outlets. Sarah is also the former food editor of the L.A. Weekly.
As a freelance journalist, her words have been published in the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, O.C. Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, CNN, NBC News, Paper Magazine, Thrillist, First We Feast, L.A. Record, Beer Advocate, City Beat Long Beach, Drink Me! Mag, The District Weekly, Vienna’s Der Standard, Culture Magazine and more.
In addition to teaching full-time at Santa Ana College, Sarah is currently the design director of L.A. Record and maintains columns in Beer Paper L.A., OC Weekly and the L.A. Times. She is also an avid supporter of self-publishing and is a founding organizer of the Long Beach Zine Fest.