Education and early career
Prior to joining ESPN, she worked as a sports reporter and anchor for Metro Sports, a local Time Warner Cable sports channel in Kansas City, from 2002 until 2004.
She served as sideline reporter for the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2004 pre-season.
She served as co-emcee of the 2005 and 2006 NCAA woman of the year awards.
Sargent was the subject of a minor controversy on March 9, 2006, when she was co-anchoring a live broadcast of ESPNEWS and a series of technical difficulties occurred, leading ESPN to air a taped segment. Thinking her microphone had been cut (which is the normal procedure when a taped segment is playing), she exclaimed "What the fuck was that?" over the broadcast.
Sargent's two-year contract with ESPN was not renewed when it expired in the Fall of 2006.
Another controversy occurred on Sunday October 26, 2008. While working as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports, Sargent was conducting a taped pregame interview with the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers Mike Singletary, and said "I heard that your mentor Bill Walsh was one of the first phone calls that you made when you found out that you had the job. What does it mean to you to be the head coach of the 49ers?" The interview was abruptly halted when the reporter was informed by her producers that Walsh had died on July 30, 2007. The unauthorized video was never aired on the game broadcast, but did air on Mike Francesa’s WNBC-TV/Channel 4 program, Mike’d Up.
Her last night anchoring Final Score was June 27, 2011. She also appeared in a taped segment during the last Final Score later that week on July 1, 2011.
Sargent served as the host of Yahoo! Sports from 2011-2012, covering college football, the NFL, fantasy football, NASCAR, and high school recruiting.
Sargent was an update anchor for NFL Network. She was on-air for several notable NFL moments, including Peyton Manning's decision to play for the Denver Broncos, and Tim Tebow's trade from the Broncos to the New York Jets. Her last day at NFL Network was in April 2013.
- Brief article from the San Jose Mercury News about the Bill Walsh incident.