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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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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
Democrat Tim Carpenter at a candidates' debate in October. Photo: Jennifer Kowalczyk, Mountain Lake PBS
Democrat Tim Carpenter at a candidates' debate in October. Photo: Jennifer Kowalczyk, Mountain Lake PBS

115th Assembly candidate Carpenter philosophical about chances

Three candidates are vying for the 115th assembly seat, representing Clinton, Franklin, and St. Lawrence counties to the New York State Assembly.

Tim Carpenter is the Democratic candidate in the 115th Assembly race, competing with Republican Janet Duprey and Conservative Karen Bisso for that seat. He's a corrections officer and City Council member in Plattsburgh. He spoke with Sarah Harris about his campaign.  Go to full article
Vermont's State Capitol. Photo: Photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiedfw/">Jim Bowen</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Vermont's State Capitol. Photo: Photo Jim Bowen, CC some rights reserved

Super PAC money may influence VT elections

There's not a lot of drama in Vermont elections this year. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic Peter Shumlin are up for reelection and enjoy widespread support. Many incumbents on the ballot are expected to win. But campaign financing by super PACs may influence some election results.  Go to full article
The Dalai Lama and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Dalai Lama and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: Sarah Harris

Dalai Lama addresses thousands in Middlebury

The Dalai Lama visited Middlebury College in Vermont last Friday and Saturday. Thousands of people descended on the college town to hear his message.  Go to full article
Strand advocate Leigh Mundy explains the theater's renovations to Governor Cuomo. Photo: Sarah Harris
Strand advocate Leigh Mundy explains the theater's renovations to Governor Cuomo. Photo: Sarah Harris

In Plattsburgh, Cuomo touts economic revitalization

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh Wednesday, where he toured the Strand Theater and the Bombardier plant. It was the third installment in a series of tours he's made to check on the progress of projects awarded grants through the Regional Economic Development Councils last year.  Go to full article
Meeting of the Stop the F-35 Coalition. Photo: Sarah Harris
Meeting of the Stop the F-35 Coalition. Photo: Sarah Harris

Burlington area residents debate F-35 noise

Last spring the Air Force announced that Burlington was one of two preferred sites for a fleet of new F-35 fighter jets. The F-35s are a lot louder than the F-16s that currently take off and land from Burlington International Airport.

Many area residents are worried about the noise from the jets and its effect on their property values. Others are glad that the F-35 would guarantee a continued Air Force presence in Burlington.  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

If you're fishing for salmon or lake trout in Lake Champlain, you might end up with a fish you didn't bargain for. Sea lamprey are parasitic fish that look like eels. They latch on to larger fish and slowly drain out their body fluids.

Lamprey can decimate entire fish populations, so every four years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with help from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and New York's DEC, treats Lake Champlain tributaries with pesticides to control lamprey populations. This year's first treatment took place last week in the Saranac River delta in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

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