Sara Catania is editorial director of digital media for NBC4 Southern California.
Prior to that she helped bring Patch.com to California, launching dozens of sites for the hyperlocal arm of AOL.com. Sara is a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times op-ed page and an adjunct journalism professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
An avowed non-athlete, she ran the 2009 LA Marathon and lived to blog about it.
She is at work on "White Girl in Bronzeville: Excavations From A Displaced Life," a reported memoir/urban history about growing up in the midst of urban renewal on the South Side of Chicago, for which she received a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the fine Arts.
Sara is the recipient of a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford and a Katrina Media Fellowship with the Open Society Institute. She has been at reporter at the Los Angeles Times, the LA Daily News and the LA Weekly.
At LA Observed she created Run On, her blog about preparing for and completing the Los Angeles Marathon.
My marathon. The blow-by-blow.
Quite a stretch.
And proud of it.
Yet the running continues
Is it crazy for a woman to run alone in the dark?
What would Jesus do? By guest blogger Andrea Cavanaugh
Gaby Vergara. 'Nuff said.
By Andrea Cavanaugh, guest blogger
Running in New York
The charitizing of marathons
My first race
If you walk half the time does it still count as running?
And other calamities -- real and imagined -- on the slow road to recovery
For spending way too much money on running shoes.
It's the cheese.
APLA to runners: pay up or get out.
Fourteen miles and purring all the way.
Just in time for Christmas.
This is what Los Angeles looks like.
LA v. Chicago
With Thanksgiving upon us, what better time to talk about food?
A rough week in runland.
When does eight miles feel like 18? When itís all uphill.
Three more months to run, run, run.
In a good way.
Running into oblivion
Seven guilty pleasures of marathon training
What do Pheidippides, Jim Fixx and Ryan Shay have in common? All were marathoners, and all died either while running or shortly after.
I ran three miles in Griffith Park, surrounded by other people doing the same thing. And I did not make a total fool of myself.
I have never run an inch in my life (except under duress), let alone 26.2 miles, but I have decided to do this most insane thing. I've signed up with AIDS Project LA, which promises to train you -- even...