About Sarah Baker Hansen

Sarah Baker Hansen launched her own food website covering the food scene of her hometown, Omaha, Neb., in 2020. 

Sarah Baker Hansen

She works as the Director of Messaging at Secret Penguin, an Omaha-based branding agency.

For eight years, she was the food critic at the Omaha World-Herald. She started the periodic Food Prowl series, wherein she created teams of tasters and found favorites in a number of categories. The series resulted in close to 40 “best of Omaha” winners, including Reuben, fried chicken, ice cream and more. 

She won a 2015 Great Plains Journalism Award for best review and a 2017 Great Plains Journalism Award for best feature.


‘The Better Half: Nebraska’s Hidden Treasures’

Former Omaha World-Herald food critic Sarah Baker Hansen grew up in suburban Omaha. Husband Matthew, former World-Herald columnist, came from Red Cloud, population 1,000. In their book, “The Better Half,” they together explore the state from border to border.

The Better Half: Nebraska's Hidden Treasures by Sarah Baker Hansen and Matthew Hansen

 The book, which came out in 2017, is a compilation of two dozen columns and restaurant stories the Hansens wrote while at the World-Herald as well as dozens of other details on things to do, see, eat and drink in Nebraska. 

Buy a copy of “The Better Half: Nebraska’s Hidden Treasures”

“The Better Half” is her second book. She also wrote “The Insider’s Guide to Omaha and Lincoln,” part of a series of internationally focused travel books.


More from Sarah Baker Hansen

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