Sara Lerner

Reporter

In her role as reporter and afternoon news anchor, Sara responds to events as they unfold: from an approaching tsunami to unbearable gridlock during the Alaskan Way viaduct closure. Sara's reporting has covered a range of subjects including the Dalai Lama's Seattle visit, local controversies about racy coffee shops, and the ups and downs of real estate in the Puget Sound region.

In 2009, Sara was awarded a KUOW Program Venture Fund grant which supported her four–part documentary on human trafficking in Washington state. In 2008, her piece, "No More Lemon Bars For Voters," brought Sara a national award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Sara continues to produce stories for NPR and radio shows like Studio 360 and Voice Of America. She joined the station in 2005.

Prior to her radio career, Sara researched cacao in the Costa Rican rainforest, worked for a Palestinian/Israeli co–existence group in Tel Aviv and visited nearly every country in Latin America. Her interest in travel stems from the same place as her passion for reporting: an intense curiosity about the world around us and the people who inhabit it. She says her motivation as a journalist is to continue asking questions and telling stories, truthfully.

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The Record's Picks
11:51 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Pulled From The Archives: Race, The Cosmos, And Seattle Music

Emily Nuckols and Kala Armijo at Red Light in Seattle. Seattle artist Mackelmore sparked a thrift store revival.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

As the year winds down, The Record looks back at some of our favorite KUOW stories from 2013 and beyond.

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Mexico
10:02 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Daughter Of Jailed Renton Woman: Mom Is Political Prisoner In Mexico

Nestora Salgado's daughter Griselda Rodriguez wipes away tears as she talks to the crowd in Seattle Tuesday.
Alex Garland

Community activist Nestora Salgado lives in Renton, normally.

She grew up in Olinala, Mexico, and over the last few years she’s been returning frequently and getting involved in the community – so involved that she ended up running a legal community police force. Mexican law allows indigenous communities to form such groups.

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Referendum 74 Anniversary
2:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Anniversary An Economic Boost For Washington

Kevin Fullen and Myke Smith, of Renton, were customers of wedding planner Jenny Harding. In the last year she has seen a boom in same-sex marriages.
New Chapter Weddings/Malcolm Smith

Before gay marriage was legalized in Washington state, wedding planner Jenny Harding organized about two same-sex weddings a year.

Last year? Sixteen. Three were out of state, from California, Oregon and Vermont (where same-sex marriage is also legal).

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Labor And Industries
8:49 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Wilcox Farms Fined For Serious Violations Long Before Silo Collapse

Wilcox Farms, where a man was buried under tons of corn on Monday when a silo gave way, was cited for six violations last summer that could have put workers in serious danger, according to inspection reports.

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Elections 2013
5:22 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

As $15 Minimum Wage Passes In SeaTac, Labor Looks To Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Turkus

Three weeks after Election Day, supporters of a measure to increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 in SeaTac celebrated their victory. With the last batch of votes counted, King County declared the proposition had passed with more than 1 percent of the vote.

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'Another Man's Come Up'
4:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Anonymous Donor Drops Off $11K In African Artifacts At Goodwill

Jazlan Grigsby, the online appraiser, holds up a Kuba Artifact.
Photo courtesy of Goodwill

A Salvador Dali etching. A $10,000 dollar painting from American realist John Englehart. And earlier this month, antique artifacts from tribal ceremonies throughout Africa, worth $11,000.

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Commuter Tracking
10:33 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Not So Fast, Cyclists. State Is Counting You For Annual Bike Count

Fred Strong and Laura LeBlanc volunteer for Washington's annual bike and pedestrian count at a corner on Capitol Hill.
Tom Hajduk

Every year in January, volunteers fan out across King County to count the number of people who are homeless. In February, the great backyard bird count tracks birds and species all over the world.

On Thursday, it was Washington state’s bicycle count, when hundreds of people across the state stood on corners and counted cyclists, pedestrians and others using non-motorized method of transportation like in-line skates and skateboards.

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Local Nonprofit
5:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Seattle Businesswoman Helps Syrian Refugees

Rita Zawaideh brings help to Syrian refugees in Jordan.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

There are now more than two million Syrian refugees and some local nonprofits are working to help them. Rita Zawaideh is a Seattle businesswoman who travels to Jordan every other month to bring refugees medical supplies. She started the nonprofit Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle in 1996.

She recently returned from one of those trips. She and other volunteers saw thousands of patients and handed out hundreds of pounds of medicine.

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Industry And Tourism
1:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Anacortes: One Town Debates Its Future

Tesoro's oil refinery near Anacortes backdropped by Mount Baker.
Flickr Photo/Scott Butner

From Anacortes, Wash., you get the classic, gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands.  But tourists mostly breeze by this city, thinking of it as just the gateway to greater places. Anacortes does have its own thing going, though. It’s an unusual mix of a real working city with super lovely landscape.

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Aaron Alexis
7:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Deceased Navy Yard Suspect Arrested In Seattle In 2004

Credit FBI

The man law enforcement have identified as the deceased gunman who opened fire at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Monday was arrested in Seattle in May of 2004 for shooting up a car.   

According to police reports, Aaron Alexis was living with his grandmother in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood that year. A construction crew was building a house next door, and one of the workers told police that Alexis stared at them every morning for a month leading up to the incident.

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Company Halts Efforts
9:44 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Plug Pulled On Plans For Controversial Anacortes Bottling Plant

Water resevoir that could have been used to supply water for bottling plant.
Sara Lerner KUOW

Plans to build an enormous beverage bottling plant in Skagit County, Wash., have been halted. The company behind a proposed facility has backed out of the project.

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Health Exchange
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Abortions Not Covered By Group Health, But Not Charged Either

Mike Kreidler, Washington state insurance commissioner.
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler.

Seattle’s nonprofit health care system, Group Health, has said they won’t be offering abortion coverage in the new health care exchange.

But they also said women will be able to get an abortion without paying more.

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FBI Crackdown
4:34 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Nicole: A Portrait Of A Seattle Sex Trafficking Survivor

Flickr Photo/Tom Woodward

Two and a half weeks ago the FBI, in partnership with local law enforcement, conducted a cross-country sweep looking to help stop child sex trafficking. They recovered dozens of under-age victims who have been forced into prostitution, and they arrested their pimps. Three child victims were found in Washington state, and nine people were arrested here.

On Tuesday,  something very different happened at FBI offices in downtown Seattle.

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Changing Media Landscape
5:58 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jeff Bezos Brings Entrepreneurial Mindset To Washington Post Purchase

Jeff Bezos is illuminated by a display screen at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012.
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million, and that has a lot of people wondering what's next for the legacy media company.

Brad Stone, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, has written a book about the mega-entrepreneur. It's called, "The Everything Store,” due out in October. He said the sale was a surprise for many, but in keeping with the way Bezos thinks.

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Human Trafficking
1:06 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

FBI Sweep Includes Victims And Pimps In Seattle Area

Over the last several days the FBI, in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, conducted its seventh cross-country sweep looking to help stop child sex trafficking. The FBI worked with local police agencies, helped recover victims who have been forced into prostitution, and made arrests. About 50 different task forces participated.

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