Sargent came to CBS4 from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, where she worked as an anchor and reporter for three years.
Sargent has also worked at television stations in Mobile, Alabama, Columbia, Missouri and London, England. She has covered several major stories, including the BP oil spill along the Gulf Coast and the West, Texas plant explosion. Sargent also covered numerous high-profile trials, drawing from her background as a lawyer. Additionally, she served as the anchor of a legal show while working in Alabama.
Sargent graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism. She then earned a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School because she wanted to gain legal insight and expertise that could assist her in news coverage. Sargent practiced law for four years in New York City at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where she represented clients in New York federal and state courts, as well as before the New York Division of Human Rights and National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, Sargent set aside time to provide free legal services to non-profit groups and underserved communities. She is a current member of the New York Bar.
Throughout her career, Sargent has been involved with a number of charity organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Star of Hope Mission for Houston’s Homeless and Habitat for Humanity.
South Florida has long been a premier tourist destination for any number of reasons. Well now you can add gay destination weddings to that list. On Valentine’s Day last weekend— in honor of Broward County’s centennial and the recent rulings legalizing same sex marriage in Florida, the city of Wilton Manors hosted free marriage ceremonies for 100 people. We focus on this event in particular and the bigger picture of gay marriage as big business in Florida.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported organization that transforms the lives of at-risk children through adult mentor relationships. Later this month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami will hold its annual gala—- this comes on the heels of even bigger news—- a five million dollar donation. We focus on that and the powerful results of mentoring.
Imagine for a minute not having access to clean drinking water. That is a fact of life for one-point-one billion people worldwide. A local nonprofit organization is dedicated to changing that.. “A Spring of Hope” was founded by Joanne Young and her daughter Brittany, after they visited South Africa several years ago. Since then ASOH has drilled nearly a dozen wells near schools in those areas, providing not only water, but also vegetation. We focus on the importance of the work they do and how you can help.
Join us on a journey with a Haitian-American filmmaker to find her roots. Four years in the making, Rachelle Salnave’s documentary uncovered a movement of Haitians on a quest to change the face of their country .”La Belle Vie: The Good Life” premiered earlier this month at the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Toronto Black Film Festival.
Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood has been serving young patients for more than 20 years. The Tour de Broward is a fitness and recreational event whose fundraising support and benefits the hospital. The sixth annual Tour de Broward is later this month. We focus on the fundraiser, how you can participate and how it benefits sick children in South Florida.
The late Doris Ison of Florida City was a visionary and trailblazer. Dissatisfied with health care for African-Americans, Ison broke barriers in 1971 and created a health center in south Miami-Dade, which today has grown into Community Health of South Florida Incorporated, serving thousands of South Floridians from all walks of life. To coincide with Black History Month, C-H-I is planning a special tribute to Ison.
Project CARE is a breast cancer wellness program designed specifically for black women who have breast cancer. The goal of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s research program is “cope, adapt, renew and empower”, which is what “CARE” stands for. Project CARE is the first project of its kind to be funded by the National Institutes of Health. We focus on how the program works and why it is so successful.
CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen investigates housing horrors. These are apartments that appear to be in such deplorable condition, you might wonder who could live there. But for many families, who rent these apartments for an average of 600 dollars a month, it’s their only option. We focus on their struggle, as Michele digs deep to reveal a call for help.
It’s just about time again for the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The festival began as a one-day fundraiser to help students from FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism enter the culinary world. Then in 2002, festival founder Lee Schrager relocated it to South Beach and transformed it into a star-studded four-day destination event showcasing world-renowned wine producers, chefs and culinary personalities. We focus on this year’s unprecedented opening night event.
Since 1985, the Education Fund has worked side-by-side with the private sector to direct resources where they are needed most in Miami-Dade schools. Its mission is to design and implement initiatives to improve our schools. Right now the Education Fund is funding something called “FAFSA marathons”. FAFSA is federal funding available to all students pursuing a college education. The problem is that the forms are complicated and thousands of students/parents are not filling them out. These FAFSA marathon sessions are designed to help students and parents get all the free money for college they are entitled to.