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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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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
The proposed transmission route runs from Plattsburgh under Lake Champlain to Burlington. Map: <a href="http://anbarictransmission.com/">Anbaric Transmission</a>
The proposed transmission route runs from Plattsburgh under Lake Champlain to Burlington. Map: Anbaric Transmission

Underwater line could supply New England with NY wind power

A Massachusetts company wants to build an underwater transmission line from Plattsburgh to Burlington. The line could give New York state energy producers access to a new market.  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: U.S. Air Force
F-35A fighters. Photo: U.S. Air Force

F-35 planes in Burlington would affect more people than expected

The Air Force has a released a new environmental impact statement indicating that more people will be affected by noise from the F-35 if the plane is based in Burlington. But Burlington is still one of the Air Force's top locations for the plane.  Go to full article
F-35 opponents fill the Burlington Unitarian Universalist Church. Photo: Sarah Harris
F-35 opponents fill the Burlington Unitarian Universalist Church. Photo: Sarah Harris

Hundreds gather in Burlington to protest F-35

Hundreds of people packed the Burlington Unitarian Universalist Church last night to protest against the F-35, the new fighter plane that could be based at the Burlington Airport.  Go to full article
Re-enactors haul the cannon. Photo: Joseph Andriano
Re-enactors haul the cannon. Photo: Joseph Andriano

Memorial Day at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga is "America's fort" - perched on the New York side of Lake Champlain, it was instrumental in the American Revolution and other early wars. Now, it's a historical site that comes alive with reenactments and music.  Go to full article
Eric Andrus working on his farm-to-market sailboat. Photo: Sarah Harris
Eric Andrus working on his farm-to-market sailboat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Can North Country farmers feed NYC market?

Demand for local food has skyrocketed in big cities like New York and Boston. But do North Country farmers have a role to play in feeding those cities?  Go to full article
The Winooski River, Winooski, VT, on Friday afternoon. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Winooski River, Winooski, VT, on Friday afternoon. Photo: Sarah Harris

Vermont sees flooding, snow at high elevations

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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href"http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

VT end-of-life bill to become law

Vermont will become the 4th state in the nation to allow physician assisted suicide when Governor Peter Shumlin signs the end-of-life bill into law Monday afternoon.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href"http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lawmakers pass end-of life legislation

Vermont lawmakers passed end-of life legislation last night. The House approved the Senate's new version of the bill, 75-65. The bill would allow doctors to give terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives medicine that hastens the dying process. Oregon, Washington, and Montana have similar laws.

The bill will now go to Governor Peter Shumlin's desk for his signature. He has said he supports the measure.  Go to full article
McKnight Farm, Montpelier, Vermont. Photo: Sarah Harris
McKnight Farm, Montpelier, Vermont. Photo: Sarah Harris

Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers

Dairy farms in Vermont and northern New York have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows.

Farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally.  Go to full article

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