Rapid Career Rise for Alum Sara Donchey, New TV Anchor in Houston

July 30, 2015

HOUSTON CHRONICLE -- Donchey is a sign of the times. She is young, 26, and already a primary anchor on a network affiliate in a Top 10 Nielsen market. “I grew up online, with the Internet. I got my foot in the door the modern way, through Twitter. When I look back, every job I’ve ever had, I made the connection through the Internet, even my first job working at a pizza place,” she said. She was a cashier — and helped make garlic knots. Donchey got her degree in online journalism at San Francisco State University. While working for the school newspaper, she became Twitter buddies with Bay Area television reporter Joe Vazquez, trading news tips and story ideas. Vazquez invited Donchey to visit his newsroom. “It was the first time I ever stepped in a TV newsroom. He showed me around. A little while later, I was hired as a production assistant, which is the bottom of the totem pole. It’s even lower than that. It’s the part of the totem pole that’s stuck in the ground.”