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.
Russian pianist Elena Klionsky began playing piano at the age of five— and started performing publicly at age six. But her musical career came to an abrupt halt in 2002 after a severe hand injury. She was told she would never play the piano again. But Elena beat the odds and can once again do what she loves. Elena is in South Florida for a benefit performance. She is now known as the Piano Phoenix and she shares her story with Irika.
Filmgate Interactive, South Florida’s first fully interactive film festival and technology conference, is back for a third year. It is designed to engage the community in a new type of storytelling. This year’s event includes more than 10 screenings, 5 performances, 3 interactive exhibits and 10 workshops held at various locations in the greater Miami area. We focus on this unique event, and the various ways you can enjoy it.
The Dolphins Cycling Challenge is a two-day, tri-county event dedicated to raising funds for lifesaving cancer research. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with 100% of the rider-raised funds going directly to fund research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Since its first ride in 2010, the DCC has raised almost 7 million dollars. We focus on the upcoming event, how you can get involved, and how it is helping to save lives.
The goal of the United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Substance Abuse is to keep our youth away from drugs and alcohol and build healthier communities. One of the ways it hopes to do that is through a partnership with a unique after-school program. We explain how the pairing is reaching teens with a powerful message.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is promising swift changes in how they respond to potential child abuse cases amid an investigation into the death of a 5-year old thrown from a Florida bridge.
Delorian Cole is a typical 11-year old girl except she’s battling a rare, painful and public disease.
Millions watch Judge Judy Sheindlin every day, drawn to her toughness, humor and quite possibly the fear she strikes in those appearing in her court.
From the bench, Judge Judy Sheindlin rules like no other.
CBS4 Anchor Irika Sargent spoke with the global media leader & philanthropist one-on-one.
Keeping women’s health issues front and center is important all year round, but particularly in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The mission of the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund is to provide money for care that might otherwise be unattainable for women to get screened, and if necessary, treated. We focus on the organization, what it does, and its awareness event “Flock the Block”.