Bio

Pamela H. Sacks

Pamela H. Sacks is an award-winning journalist with a diverse background that includes reporting, editing, video production and working for nonprofit charities in the United States and abroad. She is currently a freelance writer, editor and consultant based in Central Massachusetts.

Ms. Sacks has more than 20 years of experience as a print reporter and bureau chief for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and the Harvard Post. She led the news team that uncovered widespread abuses by the police department in the town of Spencer, Massachusetts, leading to a state takeover of public safety in that community, and participated in the highly regarded coverage of the Lawrence riots in 1984. In 2000, she was named to the Telegram & Gazette Features Department, where she spent the next nine years specializing in profiles of prominent individuals and writing about books, authors, museums, politics and cultural trends. She was named the area’s best print reporter by Worcester Magazine for two years in a row. In addition, she is a recipient of the Benjamin Fine Award for her work on a newspaper series on the Class of 1985 at North Andover High School.

Ms. Sacks has also won widespread recognition for her writing on animals. She has served as a contributing editor for Animals magazine and has written about rare historic stock breeds for Common-place, an early American history website, which is associated with the American Antiquarian Society and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. She is a regular contributor to the Australian Shepherd Journal, where she is a guest editor, as well as Worcester Living magazine.

In 1999, Ms. Sacks was named Media Person of the Year by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She also is a two-time winner of the Maxwell Medallion, the highest award given by the Dog Writers’ Association of America.

Before becoming a journalist, Ms. Sacks worked for Children’s Medical Relief International, a nonprofit organization based in New York City that assisted war-injured children in Vietnam and worked on health-care initiatives in the Caribbean and Africa. She also worked at the Simon & Schuster publishing house.

A graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Ms. Sacks resides in Worcester.