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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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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
Les Blomberg, noise expert, testifies to the Burlington Board of Health. Photo: Sarah Harris<br />
Les Blomberg, noise expert, testifies to the Burlington Board of Health. Photo: Sarah Harris

Burlington Board of Health holds F-35 hearing

The F-35, the Air Force's new fighter jet, may be coming to the Burlington airport. People are worried about noise from the plane, but there's also another concern: public health.  Go to full article
Danielle Garneau enters data about a dead skunk on Route 22B outside of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris
Danielle Garneau enters data about a dead skunk on Route 22B outside of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris

How to track road kill on your smart phone (seriously)

We've all seen or experienced it - unfortunate wildlife dashes in front of a car at just the wrong time--and its remains splatter across the road.

But Danielle Garneau, a wildlife ecologist at SUNY Plattsburgh, says the road kill we're likely to see on roads this holiday season can teach us a lot: she's using a new smartphone app for citizen scientists.  Go to full article
70 new wind turbines dot the horizon in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
70 new wind turbines dot the horizon in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Expiring tax credits blow ill wind

The Route 11 corridor has seen a lot of wind development over the past few years. Developers have been busy securing sites, building roads, and trucking turbine materials in. In Clinton, there's a new wind farm in town called Marble River. They've just finished putting up 70 new turbines.

Much of this wind growth is the result of a federal energy subsidy called the production tax credit. But that credit may expire at the end of the year.  Go to full article
Janet Duprey talking with her Plattsburgh district office administrative assistant Cathy Kourofsky and her husband Brian at the Duprey campaign headquarters in Plattsburgh. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Janet Duprey talking with her Plattsburgh district office administrative assistant Cathy Kourofsky and her husband Brian at the Duprey campaign headquarters in Plattsburgh. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Duprey wins 115th Assembly seat

Republican Janet Duprey swept the 115th Assembly race last night, beating back Conservative challenger Karen Bisso and Democrat Tim Carpenter. She won 52 percent of the vote.

The incumbent Republican will return to Albany next year, representing Clinton, Franklin, and part of St. Lawrence counties. While last night's victory was decisive, the campaign wasn't easy.  Go to full article

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