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Irika Sargent

irika sargent new 600x450 Irika SargentIrika Sargent is an Emmy Award-winning journalist. She co-anchors the station’s weekday early evening and 11 p.m. newscasts with Rick Folbaum.

Sargent came to CBS4 from KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, where she has worked as a weekend anchor and nightside reporter for the past 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 has also covered numerous high-profile trials, drawing from her background as a lawyer.  She also served as the anchor of a legal show when she worked in Alabama.

Sargent graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of journalism degree.  In addition, she earned a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School because she wanted to gain legal insight and expertise that could assist her in reporting stories.  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 Association.

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.

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