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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Apparel Humor
8:37 am
Tue May 28, 2013

T-Shirts Poke Fun At Bridge Collapse

Credit Slow Loris Shirts

An I-5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River last week after a truck hit an overhead support beam. Once it was clear that no one was seriously injured, a local t-shirt company decided to have a little fun. Slow Loris Shirts founder Jessica Lynch says she laughed when she heard the state got a C- grade on its bridges.

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Women's Health
9:55 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Who Should Get A Genetic Test For Breast Cancer?

Correction 5/15/2013: A previous version on this story stated that Jolie had a one in 87 chance of getting breast cancer when in fact she had an 87 percent chance.

Now, the public knows about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. She wrote in the New York Times that, thanks to genetic testing, she believed there was an 87 percent chance she’d get breast cancer, so she went for it.

Tuesday, Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance spoke with KUOW's Sara Lerner.  Dr. Gralow says, “The majority of breast cancer in the United States is not gene-mutation cancer.”

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Tempered Enthusiasm
2:16 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Song Creates Thrift Shop Buzz

Emily Nuckols and Kala Armijo at Red Light in Seattle. Emily says it's harder to find the good stuff.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. The release of the Seattle duo’s song “Thrift Shop” in August catapulted them to the top of the charts, right up there with celebrities like Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. The song has more than 240 million views on YouTube and their music is being used in commercials now, too.

The tune has created a thrift shopping buzz around the world. In this audio portrait, KUOW’s Sara Lerner takes a look at the song's impact on the Seattle thrift scene. 

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First Increase Since '94
6:52 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Seattle Street Newspaper Real Change Raises Price

Real Change vendor Susan Ford says, "I haven’t had much negative feedback. A lot of customers said, 'it’s about time.'"
Sara Lerner

The weekly newspaper Real Change provides an outlet for hundreds of people who are low-income and homeless to make money and hold a steady job. On Wednesday, the paper doubled its price from $1 to $2.  

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All Tech Considered
12:32 am
Wed March 27, 2013

More Than Just Angry Birds, Apps Can Have A Humanitarian Side Too

University of Washington computer science student Laura McFarlane and her team work on their smartphone app aimed at helping girls being illegally trafficked get help.
Sara Lerner NPR

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 1:13 pm

There's a trend in the startup world toward combining business and smartphone apps with altruistic goals.

At a recent hackathon, where tech developers get together to create new apps and programs in a short amount of time, about a dozen University of Washington computer science students work diligently on their projects.

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Sonics Sale Update
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

New Group Bids To Keep Kings In Sacramento

Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lisa Nottingham

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson still says his city is keeping their NBA basketball team, the Kings. That's despite a deal already in the works to sell the team to a Seattle group.

Johnson announced that new investors are stepping in with a last-ditch effort to keep the team on Thursday night.

Mark Mastrov is a Sacramento local and the founder of 24 Hour Fitness, and will make a bid for the team. Pittsburg Penguins owner Ron Burkle will solve the city's other problem and lead a group to build a new downtown arena.

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Commercial Air At Paine Field
8:53 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Flights To Vegas Via Everett? Not If Mukilteo Can Stop It

Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine
Sara Lerner KUOW Photo

The cities of Mukilteo and Edmonds filed an appeal this week to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow commercial flights out of Paine Field in Everett.  The appeal is the latest move in a debate that stretches back more than two decades.

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Record Store Nostalgia
5:50 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Celebrating Seattle’s Record Stores On Eve Of Easy Street Closure

Easy Street Records in Queen Anne, 2006.
Flickr photo/Laura Musselman Duffy

Seattle record store Easy Street is closing its Queen Anne location on Friday. While many local music lovers try to comfort one another, they’re also waxing poetic about how record stores used to be.

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Dreamliner Investigation
11:31 am
Fri January 11, 2013

FAA To Review Boeing's 787 After Two Safety Incidents

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. A small electrical fire filled the cabin of the JAL aircraft with smoke Monday morning about 15 minutes after it landed in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration said this morning that the Boeing 787 will undergo a comprehensive design, manufacture and assembly review.  The announcement  follows two separate incidents with  the so-called Dreamliners operated by Japan Airlines. The first was a fire in a battery pack of an auxiliary power unit and the second was a fuel leak.  

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Natural Gas Safety
6:11 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

State Commission Finds PSE At Fault For Gas Explosion

Aerial view of a North Seattle home after it exploded in 2011.
Seattle Fire Department

A state report has found Puget Sound Energy at fault for a gas explosion that injured two people in September 2011. The blast destroyed the North Seattle home of the Ingham family.

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Debris Washes Ashore
11:33 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Another Dock Washes Ashore In Wash., Possibly From Japanese Tsunami

A dock ashore on a remote section of Olympic National Park. It could be debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.

Scientists will soon head to the Olympic coast to evaluate a dock that washed ashore in a remote section of Olympic National Park. It could be debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan. It might even be as big as the gigantic piece of debris that showed up on Oregon’s coast in June. That dock weighed 188 tons.

Dave Workman with the Washington state Marine Debris Task Force tells KUOW’s Sara Lerner scientists need to see if invasive species might be hitching a ride on the dock. They also need to figure out how to remove it.

Portland Mall Shooting
10:16 am
Wed December 12, 2012

UPDATE: Shooter Identified, Mall Shooting Victim Expected To Survive

Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, has been identified as the gunman at the Clackamas Town Center shooting on December 11, 2012.
Credit courtesy of Clackamas County Sherriff's Department.

Two people, plus the suspected shooter, are dead after police say a gunman opened fire at a crowded shopping mall in suburban Portland Tuesday.

An ambulance took one survivor of the attack to OHSU Medical Center in Portland. The young woman is expected to survive.

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Sex Trafficking
8:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Washington Settles Over Failed State Sex Trafficking Law

The state of Washington will not appeal a federal court decision to strike down a new state sex trafficking law. The law would have held online websites like Backpage.com accountable for illegal ads posted on their sites.

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Recreation
12:55 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Avalanche Deaths Inspire Safety Efforts In Backcountry Skiing And Snowboarding

Joel Hammond is the Northwest sales representative for Salomon Sports. He says his job comes with a responsibility: to educate consumers about the dangers in the backcountry.

As the slopes open, skiers’ and snowboarders’ giddy enthusiasm is overshadowed by an accident near Stevens Pass last season.  Three people were killed: Jim Jack, Johnny Brenan and Chris Rudolph.  They were caught in an avalanche in the nearby backcountry — the wilderness just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort, unmonitored by ski patrol.  Jack, Brennan and Rudolph were all well-known and experienced skiers in the Washington ski scene.

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Military
11:46 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Reporter Update: Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Accused Of Massacre

Pre-trial hearings continue this evening at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. He’s accused of massacring 16 civilians in Afghanistan, including nine children. Prosecutors say he left his base last March and went on an overnight five-hour killing spree.

The hearings will determine whether the case will advance to court-martial, where the government has said it plans to seek the death penalty. KUOW’s Sara Lerner spoke with Patricia Murphy, who’s covering the hearings.

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