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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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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href"http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lawmakers pass end-of life legislation

Vermont lawmakers passed end-of life legislation last night. The House approved the Senate's new version of the bill, 75-65. The bill would allow doctors to give terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives medicine that hastens the dying process. Oregon, Washington, and Montana have similar laws.

The bill will now go to Governor Peter Shumlin's desk for his signature. He has said he supports the measure.  Go to full article
McKnight Farm, Montpelier, Vermont. Photo: Sarah Harris
McKnight Farm, Montpelier, Vermont. Photo: Sarah Harris

Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers

Dairy farms in Vermont and northern New York have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows.

Farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

VT legislature tackling major issues before session's end

The Vermont legislative session is winding down for the year, but lawmakers still plan to tackle some hot button issues over the next week.  Go to full article
Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris
Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris

From milk to beer: Dairy family switches to hops

Agriculture in the North Country is changing - and the evidence is everywhere. For the Goodmans, a longtime dairy family in Fort Ann, in Washington County, it's time to get out of the business. But Erica and Les Goodman are trying something new on their land: growing hops. And they're using social media to do it.  Go to full article
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

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