Sabra Ayres is currently a Digital Journalist for Spectrum News based in Dallas, Texas, where she covers local, state and national news for Spectrum’s expansion into national markets. Before returning to the U.S. in 2020, she was the Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where she reported on Russia and the former Soviet Union. Her diverse portfolio spans nearly two decades and several continents, with bylines from Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, Europe and India. She is the winner of the 2016 Front Page Award for Best Foreign Correspondence. In 2016 she received a fellowship with the International Women's Media Foundation to research Russian soft power tactics in Europe. She covered the Ukraine crisis from the revolution on Kyiv's Maidan square to the outbreak of war in the east of the country. Her work has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic, International Herald Tribune, and The Daily Telegraph, among others.
In addition to reporting and writing, Sabra has extensive experience in journalism teaching and training. She has taught journalism at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul and was a visiting professor at the India Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore.
Sabra was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 1995-97.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
2017 - Winner, Belarus in Focus Journalism Competition
2016 - Front Page Award, Marie Colvin Award for Best Foreign Correspondence
2016 - Grantee, International Women's Media Foundation's
Howard G. Buffet Fund for Women Journalists
2015 - Kathryn Davis Fellowship - Middlebury College
2005 - Arthur F. Burns Fellowship - Stuttgart, Germany
M.S. Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
B.S. University of Vermont