Sarah Koenig (/ˈknɪɡ/; born July 1969)[4] is an American journalist, public radio personality, staff producer of the television and radio program This American Life,[5] and the host and executive producer of the acclaimed podcast Serial.[6]


Koenig graduated from the University of Chicago in 1990[7] and later began working as a reporter at The East Hampton Star.[8] Then she worked in Russia as a reporter for ABC News and later for The New York Times.[9] She covered the State House (politics) for the Concord Monitor and later for the Baltimore Sun.[3]

She began working as a producer for This American Life in January 2004.[9] She co-produced the 2006 Peabody Award-winning episode of This American Life entitled "Habeas Schmabeas."[10]

In 2013, she began work on a spinoff podcast of the This American Life radio program titled Serial. It debuted in October 2014 and was the number one podcast on iTunes when it was released.[2] By February 2016, the season one episodes had been downloaded over 80 million times.[2]

Recognition and honors

TIME magazine named Koenig one of "The 100 Most Influential People" on April 16, 2015.[2] Also in 2015, she was named as one of The Forward 50.[2]

Personal life

Koenig is the daughter of renowned advertising copywriter Julian Koenig and Maria (Eckhart) Matthiessen. Her stepfather was novelist Peter Matthiessen.

Koenig attended Concord Academy in Concord, MA.[2] She lives in State College, Pennsylvania,[16] with her husband, Ben Schreier, an associate professor of English and Jewish studies at Penn State,[16] and their two children.