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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 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
The pipeline raises concerns for some Vermonters, who attended a public meeting in Hinesburg last month. Photo: Sarah Harris
The pipeline raises concerns for some Vermonters, who attended a public meeting in Hinesburg last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Proposed VT-NY natural gas pipeline stirs debate

The natural gas boom is fueling construction and development, and cutting energy prices in some areas. But there's often a dark cloud around the silver lining. A pipeline proposed to bring natural gas through Vermont to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga means good news for the mill, but some Vermonters aren't happy about the route, or possible environmental consequences.  Go to full article
Adirondack Community College (SUNY Adirondack) in Queensbury, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/">Diane Cordell</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Adirondack Community College (SUNY Adirondack) in Queensbury, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, CC some rights reserved

Adk SUNY, BOCES partner on career skills for high school

SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury and BOCES serving Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Essex, and Hamilton counties are partnering on a new science and technology program for high school students.  Go to full article
Senator Ann Cummings. Her amendment passed in the VT Senate after the Lieutenant Governor broke a tie vote. Photo: Sarah Harris
Senator Ann Cummings. Her amendment passed in the VT Senate after the Lieutenant Governor broke a tie vote. Photo: Sarah Harris

VT Senate passes end-of-life bill

After three days of intense debate, the Vermont state Senate passed an end-of-life bill that will now make its way to the House. The bill is substantially changed. It addresses liability of doctors and caregivers, but doesn't say much about state requirements or palliative care.  Go to full article

Will "end of life" legislation pass in the VT Senate?

The Vermont state Senate is debating "end of life" legislation this week - physician-assisted suicide. They're deciding whether terminally ill patients with less than 6 months to live can request a prescription for medicine they can self-administer end their lives. It's generated vigorous debate in the Senate and beyond.  Go to full article
F-35A fighters such as these may be in use by the Vermont Air National Guard.
F-35A fighters such as these may be in use by the Vermont Air National Guard.

VT rep pushes back against F-35 jet at Burlington

The Air Force is considering basing its new fighter jet, the F-35, at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington airport. The plan has encountered fierce opposition from area residents who are worried about noisy training flights. Now a state representative is proposing legislation to slow down the plane's arrival.  Go to full article
Jeff Rabideau and Suzie Thaller. They ran a gun shop in Altona for 18 years. Photo: Sarah Harris
Jeff Rabideau and Suzie Thaller. They ran a gun shop in Altona for 18 years. Photo: Sarah Harris

How will new laws affect North Country gun dealers?

This week we're looking closely at some of the consequences of New York's new gun control law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the law's provisions "common sense." It closes loopholes in the state's assault weapons ban and limits magazine clips to seven bullets; background checks will now be required for ammunition purchases; and for private sale of guns, and there will be stiffer penalties for using illegal weapons.

Gun buyers and gun sellers are giving the rules a close read. In the North Country, buying a gun doesn't always mean heading to a big box store like Gander Mountain or Dick's. The region is home to over 200 smaller gun retailers, many of which are adjusting to the new laws.  Go to full article
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

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