In 2017, Sarah Palin filed a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times for an editorial that accused her of political incitement in the run-up to the 2011 shooting of Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and claimed a link to an advertisement from her political action committee that showed stylized crosshairs against the congressional districts.
Later The Times issued a correction and stated that no such link had been established between the advertisement and the shooting and also clarified what was depicted in the crosshair in the ads were electoral. Palin’s lawsuit was dismissed later.
She was born on 11th February in 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her parents are Sarah Sally Heath and Charles R. Chuck Heath. She is of German, English, and Irish descent. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with journalism from the University of Idaho.
After completing her graduation, she used to work as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV. In 1992, she was elected to the Wasilla City Council and she has been a Republican since 1982. She ran for mayor of Wasilla in 1996 and defeated incumbent mayor John Stein. In 1999, she ran for election against John and won it.
In 2002, she ran for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor and came second to Loren Leman. In 2003, she was selected to be the chairperson of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. But she resigned in 2004.
In 2006, she defeated incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican gubernatorial primary and she became the youngest person and the first woman who was selected as Governor of Alaska.
After her resignation, she endorsed and campaigned for the Tea Party movement and also endorsed several candidates in multiple election cycles including Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential campaign. From 2010-2016, she served as political commentary for Fox News. From 2014-2015, she hosted Amazing America with Sarah Palin.
In 2014, she launched an online news channel but it was closed in 2015. In 1988, she got married to Todd Palin with whom she has five children. But they got divorced in 2020.