journalist & editor

Speaking on encryption debate at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ann Hermes, the Christian Science Monitor)

Speaking on encryption debate at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ann Hermes, the Christian Science Monitor)



currently reporting from

Washington DC





The Cybersecurity Podcast

Sara Sorcher is the White House editor at USA TODAY. She joined the Washington bureau in April 2017 and runs a team of five reporters covering the Trump administration.

Previously, she was deputy editor and lead reporter of Passcode, a section of The Christian Science Monitor covering security and privacy in the Digital Age.  

She covered Internet policy throughout the federal government and military, hacker culture, and the national debates over online privacy. Since Passcode's launch in 2015, she moderated more than two dozen live events across the country, including at SXSW Interactive in Austin and alongside the RSA Conference in San Francisco. She cohosted The Cybersecurity Podcast, a monthly podcast featuring key leaders and thinkers in the field, with New America's Peter W. Singer. 

As one of two founding editors of Passcode, Sorcher helped build the site from the ground up and spearheaded its flagship editorial products, including its robust newsletter and its Influencers Poll, a regular survey of 160 leaders in government, the private sector, research and privacy advocacy community. She also founded Cybertacos, a popular networking series for industry leaders and reporters, and was a professional adviser on a cybersecurity journalism course at Northwestern's Medill School. 

Previously, Sorcher was National Journal’s national security correspondent, reporting from the Pentagon, State Department and Capitol Hill. She won the National Press Club’s Michael A. Dornheim Award in 2014 for her articles on how political gridlock and shrinking budgets impacted the defense and aerospace industry. She also created and oversaw NJ’s Early Bird, an early morning newsletter popular within Washington’s defense community. During her four years at NJ, her coverage was regularly featured on sister sites including The Atlantic, Defense One and Government Executive.

Previously, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Her print and video articles were featured in major outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, TIME, CNN and GlobalPost. Sorcher graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude in Middle Eastern studies and speaks Hebrew and Arabic.