Irika Sargent is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who anchors the weekday evening newscasts on CBS4 at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm. She also anchors the Sunday public affairs show Focus on South Florida and contributes a segment each Friday called Legally Speaking.
Sargent came to CBS4 from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, where she worked as an anchor and reporter. Sargent has also worked at television stations in Mobile, Alabama and Columbia, Missouri. She has reported from the frontlines on several major stories, including the BP oil spill along the Gulf Coast and the West, Texas plant explosion. Sargent has also covered numerous high-profile trials and previously anchored a legal show, drawing from her background as a lawyer.
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 charities including the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the Susan G. Komen organization. She currently serves on the Volunteer Leadership Board for the American Cancer Society.
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