Sara Lerner

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.

Washington Public Lands
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Congress Set to Pass Public Lands Bills

Hiker on Alpine Lake trail in Sawtooth Wilderness
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr

If you enjoy hiking in the pristine Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington's Cascade mountains, then a package of bills moving through Congress applies to you.

They'll make sure you can continue visiting for years and years to come. The Alpine Lakes area is actually one of dozens across the country affected by this package of bills. Senator Patty Murray says these lands are crucial.

"Designating these will make sure that they are managed and protected into the future and can't be sold of or used in ways that don't allow the public to use them," Murray said.

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Oso Landslide Survivor
6:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Oso Landslide Survivor Talks About When It Hit

Twenty-five-year-old Amanda Skorjanc survived the Oso landslide.

Today she gave an emotional description of the slide from her room at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

She says her partner Ty had just given her and her five-month-old son Duke a big family hug.  Then he left for the hardware store.

She says she heard an incredibly loud sound. Then, the house began shaking.

She thought perhaps it was an earthquake but didn’t see anything out her side door. Then, she looked out the front door.

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Oso Landslide
7:08 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Oso Landslide Donations: No More Socks, Please

The Oso landslide in Washington state has taken the lives of 29 people. More than a dozen are still missing and the gruesome search to find victims goes on.

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Oso Landslide
7:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Landslide: Rescue Mode Means Search Is Slow

Officials say at least 25 people have been killed in the massive landslide in Washington state. 90 are still missing.

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Child Trafficking
7:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

FBI Sweep Helps Rescue Northwest Children Forced Into Prostitution

Over the last few days you may have heard about the rescue of 105 children from sex trafficking. the FBI – in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and local tasks forces conducted the sting. The FBI also worked with local police agencies- and helped recover victims who have been forced into prostitution and made arrests.

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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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