A reporter and weekend anchor for KARE 11-TV in Minneapolis, the YSU grad was covering a church blood drive when she asked directions to the restroom.The answer: “Down the hall, next to the youth food pantry.” She asked why a church would need a food pantry for teenagers, and the response was a shocker.So it is with the most delicate of fingers that we poke fun at him.
“I wanted to be a reporter, to meet people, to learn something new everyday.
That’s what I wanted to be doing.” Since then, her career has taken her to progressively larger markets: Madison, Wis.; Milwaukee; and now the Minneapolis-St. Currently, she has two full-time jobs in broadcasting and works seven days a week – loving every minute of it.
Paying her way through school with a job at Chick-Fil-A, she emerged debt-free with a BA in telecommunications.
Painfully shy at the time, she credits the late Tom Holden, a well-known Youngstown television news personality and YSU instructor, for launching her career.
Homeless teens wandering the city streets used the free food to barter for a place to sleep – an alternative to selling themselves into sexual slavery.
“I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach,” she remembers. I had to do something.” Sarigianopoulos began to investigate.At his urging, she tried out for an on-air student job reading editorials on WKBN-TV, and her 60-second piece on Ohio’s conceal carry gun law drew fire from the NRA. “It was the first time I realized that you have to stand up for people who don’t have a voice.” She did an internship at WKBN and then, after graduation, landed her first job at the station as a producer.But Sarigianopoulos was no longer content to work behind the scenes. “I took a pay cut, but money didn’t matter to me,” she said.“It was probably the pinnacle of my career,” Sarigianopoulos said.“I think I’ll always have a soft place in my heart for those kids.” She spent her own childhood in Boardman and Campbell, where her father recently retired from his long-time position as chief of police, and chose YSU mainly for financial reasons. Everyone (Rena, Scott, and baby Margaret) are described as happy and healthy, if a bit sleep-deprived.