My name is Sarah Cahlan and I'm a video reporter and documentary filmmaker currently producing investigative mini-docs with The Washington Post's Visual Forensics. I joined The Post in early 2019 as a contract video editor for the Fact Checker, became full-time in December 2019 and became one of the founding members of the Visual Forensics team in September 2020. In my time at The Post, I've reported and produced ambitious video fact checks, tallied multiple false claims from politicians on both sides of the aisle and produced the Fakeout video series, which showcased how online misinformation can lead to real-life and often troubling consequences. I was instrumental in bringing the Webby award-winning guide to manipulated video to life and reporting and producing a comprehensive investigation into the theories surrounding the origins of covid-19. In 2020, I began to report and develop video investigations, including pieces on Iran’s mass graves, the role the cruise industry played in the spread of covid-19 and the clearing of protesters outside the White House.
Prior to The Post, I directed a documentary short, TheirStory, while at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Weaving archival footage, interviews, wry humor, and stop-motion animation, the film reimagined what we got wrong about gender in the past. The doc was shortlisted for a BAFTA and premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. It is still showing at festivals and universities across the U.S (now digital).
I've was an NBC and NAHJ News fellow where I developed the multimedia Hispanic Heritage piece for NBC Latino and have worked on HBO films, Emmy award-winning documentaries, and video shorts while living in Bhutan.
My college major led to my first video job — filming my archaeology professor for National Geographic at his dig in Israel. We uncovered the oldest wine cellar ever found and my footage was published in the New York Times. True to these roots, I continue to make fact-driven, wonky, and investigative stories into gripping long and short-form docs.
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology
Brown University, RI, US
Mill Valley Film Festival
Mill Valley, CA
October 9 & October 13 - 2019
May 13 - 17 - 2020
September 24, 2019
Awards & Nominations
UC Berkeley - 2018
UC Berkeley - 2019