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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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State police inspect the crime scene. Photo: Sarah Harris
State police inspect the crime scene. Photo: Sarah Harris

Officer-involved shooting in Winooski, VT

An independent investigation is planned in Winooski, Vermont, after police there shot a man accused of trespassing.  Go to full article

VT House weighs driver's licenses for migrant workers

The Vermont House is hearing testimony on a bill that would grant drivers' licenses to people living in Vermont regardless of their legal status.

At yesterday's hearing, migrant workers, farmers, and clergy members all testified before the House Transportation committee in support of the measure.  Go to full article
Artist's depiction of cable laying operation on bed of Lake Champlain. Video still from <a href="http://youtu.be/63STVzjpNUo">TDI Cable Deployment</a>
Artist's depiction of cable laying operation on bed of Lake Champlain. Video still from TDI Cable Deployment

NYS Board approves Quebec-NYC underground power line

The New York State Public Service Board approved the Champlain Hudson Power Express Thursday. The Power Express is a proposed underground transmission line that would bring hydropower generated in Quebec under Lake Champlain, under the Hudson River, and into New York City.

Now it's one step closer to becoming a reality.  Go to full article

VT Senate considers driver's licenses for migrant workers

A bill in the Vermont Senate would allow migrant farm workers access to driver's licenses.

Vermont is home to approximately 1500 migrant workers - many of whom don't have legal status. They live and work on dairy farms throughout the state.

And as a study commissioned by the legislature last year found out, it's hard for migrant workers to get to the doctor and the grocery store without a driver's license.  Go to full article

It's April Stools Day. What will you doo?

It's April Fools' Day--or April Stools day, and the Lake Champlain Committee is encouraging people to pick up dog doo, no joke.  Go to full article
People line up to testify before the Vermont Public Service Board on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Photo: Sarah Harris
People line up to testify before the Vermont Public Service Board on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Photo: Sarah Harris

VT, NY weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline

A proposed natural gas pipeline from Vermont to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, New York, has some Vermont residents up in arms.

But International Paper and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council argue that supplying the mill with natural gas is vital to the North Country economy.  Go to full article
The Beauharnois generating station. Photo courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
The Beauharnois generating station. Photo courtesy of Hydro-Quebec

Would Quebec-NYC power line benefit North Country?

The Champlain Hudson Power Express is a proposed underground transmission line that could supply New York City with hydropower generated in Quebec. But opponents say the line won't benefit New York state's energy producers - or communities along the route.  Go to full article
The Ticonderoga outside the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Ticonderoga outside the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

What happens to an old warship, 200 years later?

The war of 1812 may seem like it happened a long time ago. But in Whitehall, New York, residents have a daily reminder: the Ticonderoga.

For the past 50 years, the battleship has been sitting squarely on the lawn of the Skenesborough Museum. But it's not clear who's responsible for preserving the boat.  Go to full article
Monkton voters gather for town meeting. Photo: Sarah Harris
Monkton voters gather for town meeting. Photo: Sarah Harris

Monkton, VT voters oppose gas pipeline

Tuesday was town meeting day in Vermont. Residents across the state gathered to vote on routine business, like school budgets and taxes. But hot button issues were also on the agenda in some towns this year. In Monkton, residents are riled up about a proposed natural gas pipeline.  Go to full article
Computer lab. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybluevan/3833788675/">David Nichols</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Computer lab. Photo: David Nichols, CC some rights reserved

NYS, IBM partner for science and tech education program

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that IBM and New York state are teaming up to provide science and technology education, or STEM, to high schoolers.  Go to full article

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