Economy & Jobs Reporter

Sara, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., covers economic development and job creation in Mississippi. She investigates the inner workings of Mississippi’s economic development initiatives and regional economic development organizations, with an eye toward racial justice and equity. She is the newsroom’s first reporter based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

DiNatale, a graduate of the University at Buffalo, was most recently a retail, tourism and workplace culture reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before that, she interned at The Boston Globe, The Oregonian, and The Buffalo News.

“I look forward to diving right into my new role and uncovering stories that matter to our readers. I’m passionate about local news and watchdog reporting and can’t wait to flex those skills in my new home state. There has probably never been a more vital period to keep a close watch on Mississippi’s economic development than right now in the onset of pandemic recovery. I plan to do just that while keeping the focus of my work on the Mississippians who have been affected most.”

— Sara DiNatale

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