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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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Couple skating in Quebec. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/etolane/">Etolane</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved
Couple skating in Quebec. Photo: Etolane, CC some rights reserved

Court upholds Quebec rule for common law couples

A third of all Quebec couples have "common law" partnerships - not marriages. A ruling last week in a case that's been making its way through the courts now confirms that if they split up, no one can claim alimony.  Go to full article
The plan was unveiled at the Wild Center last week. Photo: Sarah Harris
The plan was unveiled at the Wild Center last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

What "sustainability" means for the North Country

The North Country Sustainability Plan was unveiled last week. The plan tackles energy, land use, transportation and water and waste management across seven counties.  Go to full article

Vermont legislators look forward to new session

The Vermont legislature's 2013 session is getting underway. The legislature will likely address some hot-button issues, possibly including some the state has considered for years, including the legalization of medical marijuana, and assisted suicide.  Go to full article

Massachusetts motor company brings new jobs to Glens Falls

New York Electric Motor Service, a small motor company based in Glens Falls, changed hands at the beginning of the year, and additional hiring is likely to follow.  Go to full article
Jerry Lottie demonstrates a response. Photo: Sarah Harris
Jerry Lottie demonstrates a response. Photo: Sarah Harris

SUNY Plattsburgh police train to respond to a shooter

In the wake of last month's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, colleges and schools are re-thinking their security procedures. At SUNY Plattsburgh, officers are learning how to respond to a shooter.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Fiscal cliff deal brings good news for wind industry

As part of its "fiscal cliff" deal, the U.S. Congress agreed earlier this week in Washington, D.C., to extend production tax credits for wind energy producers until the end of 2013.

In 2012, wind projects could only qualify for the production tax credit if they'd finished construction and started producing energy. But this year, projects will be eligible for the tax break simply by starting construction. They don't have to be finished by the end of the year.  Go to full article
The Green Mountain Mahler Festival practicing for their New Year's Day concert. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Green Mountain Mahler Festival practicing for their New Year's Day concert. Photo: Sarah Harris

Green Mountain Mahler Festival welcomes new year with Beethoven's 9th

Most choirs and orchestras spent December practicing Christmas carols. But members of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival in Burlington, Vermont have been working on a different piece of music - Beethoven's 9th symphony.  Go to full article
This past fall, 70 new wind turbines went up in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
This past fall, 70 new wind turbines went up in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Nearing fiscal cliff, wind industry waits

Uncertainty over the future of production tax credits for wind energy producers has lead to a major industry slowdown. Now, the tax credit's fate is bogged down in Congressional "fiscal cliff" negotiations.  Go to full article
Daniel Ashline-Beaudet is a nuclear medicine tech and head of the union at CVPH. He's worried about potential job losses. Photo: Sarah Harris
Daniel Ashline-Beaudet is a nuclear medicine tech and head of the union at CVPH. He's worried about potential job losses. Photo: Sarah Harris

North Country hospitals fear fiscal cliff

Lawmakers in Washington are still deadlocked in budget negotiations, with automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to kick in early next year. North Country hospital leaders say that if the nation goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, regional hospitals will face major cuts.

Administrators from CVPH, Adirondack Health, and Elizabethtown Community Hospital gathered in Plattsburgh yesterday to discuss those cuts. Their tone was grim.  Go to full article
Sherman Hurlbert, a patient at Moreau Family Health Center. Photo: Sarah Harris
Sherman Hurlbert, a patient at Moreau Family Health Center. Photo: Sarah Harris

In the Adirondacks, a new model of primary care

The health industry in upstate New York is undergoing some rapid transformations - but there's also a shortage of primary care physicians. Medical practices across the eastern Adirondacks are working together to try and change that.  Go to full article

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