Sabra Ayres is a digital journalist for Spectrum News based in Dallas. She joined Spectrum in 2020.
Sabra has a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She started her journalism career at the Laconia Citizen, an afternoon newspaper in Laconia, New Hampshire, before going on to work for the Associated Press in Miami. She left for Moscow in 2003 to pursue her dream of becoming a foreign correspondent.
Her diverse portfolio now spans nearly two decades and several continents, with bylines from Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, Europe, and India. Before joining Spectrum in 2020, she was the Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. During that time, she covered the war in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic standoff with the West, the annexation of Crimea, and Ukraine’s role in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
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. In addition to reporting and writing, Sabra 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 considers herself an enthusiastic mediocre tennis player with big aspirations. She says her one shining moment was when she saved a woman’s life at a cocktail party by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her.