Sarah Matthews is a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where she supervises a legal hotline for journalists and supports the Committee’s amicus, litigation, and pre-publication review work. She also provides intake assistance to First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund.
Before joining the Reporters Committee, Sarah was associate principal counsel at The Walt Disney Company. Prior to that, she was a litigation associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, where she focused on First Amendment, media law, and entertainment cases and represented the Reporters Committee on a pro bono basis. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Matthews clerked for the Honorable Renée Marie Bumb on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Matthews earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor and contributing writer for the Journal of Law & Liberty. Prior to law school, Matthews interned as a reporter at Newsweek and served as communications director for a national education nonprofit. Matthews earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.