SBD/January 5, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Sports Business Reporter Sarah Talalay Leaves Sun-Sentinel

Yesterday was veteran sports business writer SARAH TALALAY’s last day at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, as she is becoming a foreign service officer for the U.S. government. She will start her training at the State Department in the middle of February, then learn in late March the location of her first overseas post. Talalay said that it was a combination of wanting to try something different and the state of the newspaper industry that convinced her to consider a different career path. “I was looking for something that would be as stimulating and challenging and interesting as journalism, and that I could still do without going back to school or having a lot of capital,” Talalay said. After talking to friends employed in the foreign service, considering her love of travel and aspirations to speak a foreign language fluently and live abroad, she took the foreign service written exam about two years ago on a whim and passed. Talalay leaves after being with the newspaper for 16 years, but she hopes her background will come in handy in her future role. “I like to say that sports are a diplomatic tool or sports are good for diplomacy. I am hoping there will be a way to continue to have some hand in sports some way or another,” Talalay said. Sun-Sentinel Sports Editor JOE SCHWERDT indicated a desire to continue the sports business beat Talalay covered, but noted the paper will "assess what our needs are and how we can best use open positions to fill those needs."
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