July 26, 2012
Emmy-award winning journalist, Sarah Hill, joins Veterans United Home Loans after leaving KOMU 8 to tell the stories of our nation\'s military.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Sarah Hill, an Emmy-award winning journalist, announced she is leaving KOMU 8, and joining Columbia-based Veterans United Home Loans at the end of August. Hill's new role will see her focusing full-time on telling the story of military men and women throughout the country and expanding her role through social media.
"Joining Veterans United is an opportunity to focus full time on telling more stories about a subject matter close to my heart — our nation's veterans," Hill said. "The company's dedication to veterans and their families is unquestionable. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at KOMU 8 and greatly appreciate the opportunities the station has provided me, but I'm also excited about expanding on the new platforms KOMU 8 viewers helped us pioneer."
Veterans United is the No.1 dedicated VA lender in the country, with offices in 21 states. Hill is considered a social media pioneer. She is the 45th most followed person in the United States on Google Plus, beating out former presidents, athletes and movies stars.
"As an Emmy-award winning journalist, in addition to being an incredible storyteller, Sarah is a social media visionary," said Kris Farmer, chief marketing officer for Veterans United Home Loans. "Her national and global following on Google Plus is proof of that. Sarah's vision, talents and passion for helping veterans are a perfect fit for Veterans United. We couldn't be more thrilled to have her on the team."
Hill has been an important part of KOMU 8's digital and social media efforts, and her weekly "Sarah's Stories" have touched the hearts of many. In her new position, Hill will maintain a limited role at KOMU 8.
"Sarah's immense talents have long transcended the typical landscape of a television operation," said Marty Siddall, KOMU 8 general manager. "We are happy to see she will continue exposing her craft through the Veterans United Network with occasional stories on KOMU 8."
KOMU 8 is an auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri and is expected to generate all revenues for station operations. Its operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising and retransmission revenues. The station receives no funding from the university or state.