Shara Taylor joined the FOX61 news team in January 2021. She brings a diverse education, experience in television journalism and enthusiasm for health and sports-related topics.
Shara received a master’s degree in journalism in 2013 from New York University. There she received training as a Multimedia Journalist in the Reporting the Nation/Reporting New York program. She developed skills in reporting, writing, anchoring, photography, videography, and video editing through course work and internship experience.
Shara gained invaluable experience as an intern in multiple newsrooms across New York City, while pursuing her degree. Her responsibilities included assisting in the newsroom and assisting experienced reporters in the field with notes, research, interviewing, shot adjustments, logging, and editing. She had the opportunity to intern at NBC Universal, with the WNBC Sports department and with Politics Nation at MSNBC. She also worked as an intern with Fox 5 WNYW's Investigative Unit and NY1’s Living Unit and volunteered with the sports departments during this time. These various experiences allowed her to gain insight in different areas of journalism.
Following graduation, Shara produced freelance news stories on sports topics such as the New York Liberty and NFL players career transitions and published a video news package for the New York Daily News. She also volunteered as a freelance guest host for events and radio.
Shara later worked as a general assignment television news reporter in Wyoming, Illinois, and Wisconsin. She was nominated for a Wyoming Association of Broadcast Best News Reporter award in 2014.
In addition to breaking news, she covered topics including crime, health, sports, environmental issues, cultural and religious community events, city government and legislation. She explored cultural topics including stories with the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Native American Tribes, on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, and a community event sharing the culture of Muslim women in Rockford, Illinois.
Shara also has experience working in print and digital. She covered sports for the New York Beacon between 2018 and 2020. She published a freelance article with the New York Daily News about a teenager inspired to learn fencing after watching Ibtihaj Muhamad and an article about the importance of flu shots during the COVID-19 pandemic for CBS News.
Shara has volunteered with community churches, voter registration and with a group to mentor and encourage teens called Keeping Family and Communities Together (KFACT).
Additionally, Shara received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Hampton University and a master’s degree in Sport Management from Old Dominion University. She has worked with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, for the New York City government, and utilized her sport management degree through employment with the Miami Heat and the Miami Dolphins.
Shara believes her education and career experiences in diverse areas have helped prepare her to become a well-rounded journalist with dynamic thinking.