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NCPR News Staff: Sarah Harris

Reporter and Producer

Sarah Harris was a sophomore in college when the radio bug bit. She spent the year producing audio narratives of students' journeys to Middlebury (where she went to school) through the Middlebury Fellowship in Narrative Journalism. A long-time public radio listener, Sarah thought she might've found her niche. She spent the money she earned from the fellowship on equipment and promptly headed abroad to the Maldives and Nepal, where she did a ton of interviews and spent a month at Community Radio Madanpokhara, South Asia's first rural-based community radio station.

Upon returning to the United States, Sarah decided she needed to learn how to do radio for real. So she called NCPR on a Friday afternoon and proceeded to pester station manager Ellen Rocco until she agreed to give Sarah an internship. Sarah spent the following summer interning at the station and living on Ellen's DeKalb farm. She's been producing stories for NCPR ever since -- first covering the Champlain Valley in Vermont and New York, and now covering St. Lawrence County. 

Sarah's work has aired on Morning Edition and All Things Considered and has been published in The American Prospect and Slate. She reported on cement production in Chanute, Kansas through the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and contributed to the award-winning NPR/Center for Public Integrity collaborative series "Poisoned Places." Sarah assistant taught the first session of the Transom Story Workshop in fall 2011. She lives with her partner Joe, a cat named Louie, and soon, two llamas. E-mail

Stories filed by Sarah Harris

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Mark Ellis in front of his camera obscura. Photo: Sarah Harris
Mark Ellis in front of his camera obscura. Photo: Sarah Harris

Capturing the North Country, one pinhole photo at a time

Say you want to take a picture. You whip out your smart phone or your digital camera, take a bunch of shots. Maybe you add a filter or dress it up in photoshop. We've gotten accustomed to taking lots of photos fast.

But Saranac Lake photographer Mark Ellis is interested in slower, older methods of photography. He's a master of the pinhole camera and he has a giant camera obscura in his front yard.  Go to full article
Fourth graders Max and Mason at lunch. Photo: Sarah Harris
Fourth graders Max and Mason at lunch. Photo: Sarah Harris

What's for school lunch next year? Congress hasn't decided

School may be out for summer, but school lunch is definitely on the table in Congress.

A new healthy food law went into effect in 2012. It was a flashpoint in the last congressional race in the North Country...and it's back.

It's called the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The goal is to get kids to eat healthier lunches, with more fruits and vegetables, less salt and sugar.
Schools have complained about the new rules, and House Republicans want to give schools a break.

First Lady Michelle Obama is a longtime champion of the law -- and she's lobbying Congress to keep it in place.

But far from Washington, school lunch directors have spent the last two years trying to figure out how to meet the law's requirements and serve kids healthy food that they'll actually eat.  Go to full article
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards have decided it's now up to the public to vote on the merger. Photo: David Sommerstein
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards have decided it's now up to the public to vote on the merger. Photo: David Sommerstein

Canton-Potsdam school merger process moves to public vote

The Canton school board voted unanimously to move the merger process forward last night. Earlier this week, the Potsdam school board also voted in favor of public vote on the merger.

Bill Gregory is superintendent of Canton Central School District. He says now, the schools have to sure make the community understands precisely what it would mean if the two schools merge.

"Beginning in late August and extending through the end of October there will be an intense public information campaign with a series of town hall meetings and meetings with all the community service organizations to really answer questions and to alleviate fears in some cases about what may or may not occur with a merger."

A straw poll vote is scheduled for October 30, and a binding referendum is scheduled for mid-December.  Go to full article
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards are voting on whether to put the merger question to the public. Photo: David Sommerstein.
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards are voting on whether to put the merger question to the public. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Canton and Potsdam school boards to vote on continuing merger process

Canton and Potsdam school districts are considering merging. They hired an educational consulting firm out of Buffalo that spent the last school year determining whether it would be educationally and financially beneficial for the two schools to merge. Sarah Harris joined Martha Foley in the studio to talk about the study and how the merger process is going forward.  Go to full article
Roger Hastings shears Dolly Llama. Photo: Sarah Harris
Roger Hastings shears Dolly Llama. Photo: Sarah Harris

Dolly Llama, Daisy, and 14 alpacas get a haircut

Summer means shearing season. All across the North Country, sheep, alpacas, and llamas are getting serious haircuts and losing their winter coats. A couple weeks ago reporter Sarah Harris went to an alpaca shearing in Ray Brook.

It had special significance for her. Sarah has two llamas living in her backyard that desperately needed to be shorn. So she watched, she learned, and she later helped her llamas get a much-needed shave.  Go to full article
Dustin Whitcomb makes sure to wear proper headgear. Photo: Sarah Harris
Dustin Whitcomb makes sure to wear proper headgear. Photo: Sarah Harris

Outhouse races: a Fourth of July tradition in Bristol

Most towns are gathering and getting ready for their 4th of July parades. Few are getting ready for their outhouse races. Each year in Bristol, Vermont though, runners pushing outhouses on wheels barrel down the main street. And this morning at 9 am, they'll do that again.

This feature first aired July 2013.  Go to full article
The <em>Lois McClure</em> on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Lois McClure on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sailing through history in Vermont, NYS, Canada

The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner that's also a floating museum. She's just beginning her 2014 voyage, which starts at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vermont, travels south to New York City, and ventures north to Quebec.

Last summer Sarah Harris hopped aboard the Lois McClure as she set out on Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
Spiny water flea. Photo: J. Liebig, NOAA
Spiny water flea. Photo: J. Liebig, NOAA

Spiny water flea poised to invade Lake Champlain

Spiny water flea isn't actually a flea at all. It's an invasive zoplankton that cuts down on food supply for fish and annoys anglers.

Spiny water flea's in the Great Lakes. In 2008, it made its way to Great Sacandaga Lake, and then to Lake George in 2012. Now, it's headed for Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
The GOP candidates Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny will face off in a primary on June 24. Photo courtesy Mountain Lake PBS
The GOP candidates Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny will face off in a primary on June 24. Photo courtesy Mountain Lake PBS

Stefanik, Doheny trade barbs, share policies in Watertown debate

The clock is ticking for Republican Congressional candidates Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik. Primary voters will make their choice between the two June 24. Both campaigns are airing attacks ads as the Republican primary draws closer.

Doheny and Stefanik faced off at a debate in Watertown yesterday. Despite the vitriolic ads, the debate was mostly friendly, and the two candidates agreed on most issues.  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

What does Congress' school lunch debate mean for North Country schools?

New regulations for school lunch passed in 2010 promised to make kids' meals healthier, with more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. But some school lunch directors say it's been difficult and expensive to implement the new rules.

Now, House Republicans hope to bass a bill that will delay the regulations. Sarah Harris and Martha Foley talked about what the food fight playing out in Congress means for North Country schools.  Go to full article

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