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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

Inside Adirondack Bean-To Coffee.
Inside Adirondack Bean-To Coffee.

Heard Up North: Iced "Dirty Chai" in Saranac Lake

Drew Benmore, a music professor and Malone native who works at Adirondack Bean-To Coffee and spends his summers in Saranac Lake, explains how to make a "dirty chai" iced drink for a hot summer day.  Go to full article
Painter's new book
Painter's new book

Author challenges notions of race in "The History of White People"

Author, educator and artist Nell Irvin Painter spoke at the Elizabethtown County Courthouse on Sunday. She read selections from her new book, "The History of White People," and fielded questions from the audience. The talk was part of a series sponsored by modern day anti-slavery organizations John Brown Lives! and John Brown Coming Home. Sarah Harris attended and has our story.  Go to full article
Chowing down.<br />Photo courtesy of Mike Shawl
Chowing down.
Photo courtesy of Mike Shawl

Good Eats at Lake Placid BBQ Festival

Hot and spicy was the order of the day at the Lake Placid 5th annual I Love Barbecue Festival to benefit the Shipman Youth Center. Competitors braved high temperatures for three days as they cooked up some delicious meat. Sarah Harris visited the festival, sampled delectable barbecued chicken and has our story.  Go to full article

Potsdam Community Band welcomes summer with a joyful noise

Potsdam musicians decided to resurrect the town's community band which had been nascent for 25 years. The result: band members of all ages come together to make a joyful noise. Sarah Harris sat in on one of their rehearsals.  Go to full article
Atop Mt. Marcy
Atop Mt. Marcy

Audio Postcard: The world from Mt. Marcy

The view from Mt. Marcy is pretty extraordinary, but its made even better when shared with friends from Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Maldives, and the North Country. Sarah Harris sent this audio postcard from her recent hike up New York's tallest mountain.  Go to full article
Summit Steward Andy Testo at the top of Mount Marcy
Summit Steward Andy Testo at the top of Mount Marcy

Heard Up North: Teaching Hikers on Mount Marcy

Andy Testo is a summit steward posted atop Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak, this summer. He teaches hikers about the fragile alpine ecosystem, works to maintain the trail above treeline and sometimes even gets a free lunch. Sarah Harris caught up with Andy Testo at the top of Mount Marcy on a windy Saturday for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Chris Van Maaren explains pond life (including leeches) to students
Chris Van Maaren explains pond life (including leeches) to students

Sixth graders explore the natural world at annual Conservation Field Day

Friday, June 10th proved an exciting day for Saint Lawrence County sixth graders. Students attended the annual Conservation Field Day at Indian Creek Nature Center near Rensselaer Falls. Sarah Harris joined them to learn about wildlife, wetlands, and the importance of conservation.  Go to full article
Jeff Miller, park manager at Keewaydin State Park, in front of the marina.
Jeff Miller, park manager at Keewaydin State Park, in front of the marina.

Parks scramble to open in time for holiday weekend: reactions at Keewaydin

New York lawmakers finally agreed on Friday that all state parks would be opened for this holiday weekend. Not much wiggle room for the parks on the state's closure list--in fact, none. Parks that had been on the list scrambled to get their facilities ready for holiday campers and picnickers. Sarah Harris went to Keewaydin State Park on the St. Lawrence River just outside of Alexandria Bay on Saturday. She spoke with visitors and staff.  Go to full article

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