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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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Chimney Point Historic Site, VT, the final stop for the progressive mixer. Photo: Sarah Harris
Chimney Point Historic Site, VT, the final stop for the progressive mixer. Photo: Sarah Harris

Across the bridge: a mixer in VT and NY

I'm driving around Lake Champlain, checking in with communities in Vermont, Quebec, and New York. My first stop was last week: at a "progressive dinner" that started on one side of the new Champlain Bridge, and ended on the other.  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Amish farmers partner with Agri-Mark

Most of the North Country is losing population, and losing farms. But there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They're drawn to the St. Lawrence Valley by the area's cheap, available farmland.

They Amish live an agrarian lifestyle that's more 19th century than 21st century. But in order to support their communities and their culture, the Amish have had to find a place in the local economy, including the dairy industry and an unlikely partnership with Agri-Mark.  Go to full article
Migrant workers rally at the capitol in Montpelier this spring. Photo: Sarah Harris
Migrant workers rally at the capitol in Montpelier this spring. Photo: Sarah Harris

Migrant worker and activist allowed to stay in U.S.

Danilo Lopez will be allowed to stay in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico, advocated for a new law allowing people without legal status to get drivers' licenses. Lopez was scheduled to be deported on July 5.  Go to full article
Winooski residents applauded when the city council voted to oppose the F-35. Photo: Sarah Harris
Winooski residents applauded when the city council voted to oppose the F-35. Photo: Sarah Harris

Winooski city council says no to fighter jets

Two communities near the Burlington Airport are voting on the F-35 this week. On Monday, South Burlington approved the plane. But the Winooski City Council voted unanimously against basing the F-35 at the airport.  Go to full article
An anti F-35 sign in front of Chamberlin School. Photo: Sarah Harris
An anti F-35 sign in front of Chamberlin School. Photo: Sarah Harris

South Burlington city council approves fighter jet

Last night the South Burlington City Council changed their mind on the F-35. The council voted three to two in support of basing the fighter jet at the Burlington airport. The long meeting was filled with passionate testimony -- and ended in a dramatic vote.  Go to full article
Dustin Whitcomb makes sure to wear proper headgear. Photo: Sarah Harris
Dustin Whitcomb makes sure to wear proper headgear. Photo: Sarah Harris

To the outhouse race!

Most towns have 4th of July parades. But they don't all have outhouse races. Each year in Bristol, Vermont, runners pushing outhouses on wheels barrel down the main street.  Go to full article
The Lois McClure on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Lois McClure on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sailing through history in Vermont, NYS, Canada

The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner.

She's a freight ship that's also a floating museum.
This summer she's recreating a piece of the history of transportation by taking a 19th century voyage from Lake Champlain, across New York's canal system to Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal, and back again.  Go to full article
Montreal and Plattsburgh are only 62 miles apart. Image: maps.google.com
Montreal and Plattsburgh are only 62 miles apart. Image: maps.google.com

Is Plattsburgh Montreal's U.S. suburb?

It's only 40 minutes on the highway from Plattsburgh to Montreal and the two regions share a border, a history - and an economy.  Go to full article
Montreal interim mayor Michael Applebaum, photographed in 2009. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22168167@N00/4285756633/">abdallahh</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved - See <a href="http://blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org/inbox/2013/06/17/montreal-mayor-michael-applebaum-arrested-on-14-charges/">more at the In Box</a>
Montreal interim mayor Michael Applebaum, photographed in 2009. Photo: abdallahh, Creative Commons, some rights reserved - See more at the In Box

Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum arrested

Another Canadian mayor is in political trouble. Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested on multiple corruption charges early yesterday morning. Now, Quebec premier Pauline Marois is calling for Applebaum to resign.  Go to full article
Champlain's Ark, the new (and free) sewage collection boat. Photo: Sarah Harris
Champlain's Ark, the new (and free) sewage collection boat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain's new waste boat

Lake Champlain is about to get a little cleaner. A new boat, a sort of waterborne honey-wagon that collects sewage from boaters' tanks, was christened yesterday in Burlington.  Go to full article

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