Irika Sargent anchors the CBS 2 Chicago weekday evening news at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sargent joined CBS 2 Chicago in 2015 from WFOR-TV in Miami, where she anchored the station’s weekday evening news at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. She also anchored the station’s public affairs show, Focus on South Florida, and contributed a weekly legal news segment, Legally Speaking.
Prior to that, Sargent was an anchor and reporter with KPRC-TV in Houston. During her time in Texas, she and her colleagues won an Emmy Award for their coverage of the deadly West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Sargent also worked in Mobile, Ala. at WPMI-TV as the anchor of a legal show and a reporter for the evening newscasts.
Sargent graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. She then earned a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School because she wanted to gain legal insight and expertise that could assist her in news coverage. While studying law, Sargent was an editor for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. She was also a writer and editor for the Legal Information Institute focusing on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sargent practiced labor and employment law for four years in New York City at the Greenberg Traurig law firm. She represented clients in New York federal and state courts, as well as before the New York Division of Human Rights and National Labor Relations Board. While in New York, Sargent also set aside time to provide free legal services to those in need. She is a registered member of the New York Bar and has maintained active status for more than a decade. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Throughout her journalism and legal careers, Sargent has been committed to helping many non-profit organizations including the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Habitat for Humanity, Haymarket Center, American Red Cross, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Easterseals, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Alzheimer’s Association and American Cancer Society.