She works closely with reporters to turn daily and long-term investigations that rely on government documents, open records requests and data analysis. She understands the importance of asking tough questions, holding local and state leaders accountable and amplifying voices of marginalized communities.
Sarah strives to not only uncover local issues, but also provide solutions and results for viewers.
Prior to joining KTRK, Sarah worked as an investigative reporter at KXAN, her hometown station in Austin, where she received three Lone Star Regional Emmys. Her investigation into improper billing by the state's TxTag program resulted in the Texas Department of Transportation cutting ties with its collection agency and waiving $1.3 billion in late fees for drivers.
Sarah is a first-generation American and Texas native, who previously worked for newspapers covering Fort Hood and West Texas.
Have a story that needs investigating? Or looking to share documents anonymously? Contact Sarah at Sarah.X.Rafique@abc.com or send a tip to the 13 Investigates team.
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US Postal Inspection Service denies 13 Investigates' requests for details in mail thefts
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13 Investigates down to the penny just how much it's costing to give each migrant a one-way ticket out of Texas.
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13 Investigates has learned the 7-year-old boy of the Lakewood shooter endured alleged trauma and abuse well before last Sunday's service.
13 Investigates obtains 911 audio of Lakewood shooter's disturbances with Conroe neighbors
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13 Investigates if red flag laws could have prevented Lakewood shooting
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Officials credit off-duty officers who 'held their ground' in Lakewood shooting
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13 Investigates why twice as many teachers have left HISD this school year
13 Investigates found about 600 Houston Independent School District teachers have left so far this school year, with the majority of them leaving NES campuses.
13 Investigates finds just 91 postal inspectors in Texas despite thousands of mail theft complaints
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