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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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Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roys-stuff/4496716472/">Roy Saplin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: Roy Saplin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lyons Falls, Glens Falls, Fort Edward awarded money for brownfields

Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York State yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.  Go to full article
The Capitol Building in Albany.
The Capitol Building in Albany.

Education commissioner cancels Common Core meetings, Cuomo reacts

Last week New York State Education Commissioner John King cancelled town hall meetings about the new Common Core curriculum after a meeting in Poughkeepsie turned rowdy.  Go to full article
Art Sennett, holding a sculpture. Photo: Sarah Harris
Art Sennett, holding a sculpture. Photo: Sarah Harris

Art Sennett: Making magic with clay

For 35 years, Art Sennett taught ceramics at SUNY Potsdam. He inspired generations of students to work with clay and create art. And he made a lot of his own pottery from raw materials he found in the North Country. Now, Art's retired. He spends his summers in Potsdam, and winters on an island off the coast of Georgia, where he teaches art classes.  Go to full article
The WIC program serves about 10,000 people from Watertown to Malone.
The WIC program serves about 10,000 people from Watertown to Malone.

WIC nutritional program will close alongside children's clinic

There's more fallout from the closing of the North Country Children's Clinic.

The clinic administers a nutrition program for women, infants and children, called WIC. It serves about 10,000 people from Watertown to Malone, giving families healthy food, nutritional advice and food vouchers that can be used at participating grocery stores.

But because of the clinic's financial problems, WIC will close too.  Go to full article
County administrator Karen St. Hilaire. Photo: Julie Grant
County administrator Karen St. Hilaire. Photo: Julie Grant

A new budget for St. Lawrence County

It's budget time in St. Lawrence County again. The budget for 2014 raises the sales tax, allowing property taxes to come down. Officials say the county is finally on the way to fiscal health.  Go to full article
Canton-area residents learn about the new Marketplace at a workshop last week. Photo: Sarah Harris.
Canton-area residents learn about the new Marketplace at a workshop last week. Photo: Sarah Harris.

NY Health Plan Marketplace opens today

The New York State health plan marketplace, NY State of Health, opens today. New Yorkers who don't get health insurance through their jobs or the government can now shop for coverage in this health insurance exchange created under provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act.  Go to full article
Artist's depiction of cable laying operation on bed of Lake Champlain. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63STVzjpNUo">Video</a> still from TDI Cable Deployment
Artist's depiction of cable laying operation on bed of Lake Champlain. Video still from TDI Cable Deployment

Champlain powerline update today

A public meeting about the Champlain Hudson Power Express will be held in Plattsburgh this afternoon.

The Power Express is a proposed underground and underwater transmission line that would deliver electricity generated in Quebec to consumers in New York City.

The line would travel underneath Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. It was approved by the New York State Public Service Commission in April.
Representatives from Transmission Developers Incorporated, the company seeking to build the line, will provide project updates.

The meeting is sponsored by the New York Citizens Advisory Committee of the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

It will be held at the North Country Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m.  Go to full article
Cornell Cooperative Extension held workshops on New York's health plan Marketplace. It opens next week. Photo: Sarah Harris, NCPR.
Cornell Cooperative Extension held workshops on New York's health plan Marketplace. It opens next week. Photo: Sarah Harris, NCPR.

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for the North Country?

On October first, a major part of President Obama's major health care law, the Affordable Care Act, will roll out across the country. New Yorkers will be able to shop for health insurance through an exchange called the Marketplace. But for people who hope to sign up for a plan, there may be more questions than answers.  Go to full article
New York's Regional Economic Development Council regions. Map: NYS
New York's Regional Economic Development Council regions. Map: NYS

Development council names priority projects, seeks further funding

Yesterday the North Country's Regional Economic Development Council released its new list of priorities for the next round of funding. It's part of a progress report that gives details on projects already underway, and explains new strategies the council plans to implement as it vies for more state money.  Go to full article
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards

Upgrades coming to North Country airports

It's been a big month for North Country airports. Yesterday airports in Plattsburgh, Lake Clear, Watertown and Potsdam received major grants for infrastructure improvement from New York State. That's after multiple regional airports were awarded federal grants earlier this month.  Go to full article

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