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.

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Demonstrations went underway Friday in Seattle's Central District as part of annual May Day protests for workers and immigrant rights.

Alex Bautista is with the group El Centro de la Raza.

He said Friday's gathering was to raise awareness of immigration policy reform. He worried some ralliers had a different goal.

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Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is filing a lawsuit against a Super Bowl ticket vendor who, he says, sold Seahawks fans bogus tickets.

Some paid $2,000 to $3,000 for a pass to the game.

And they didn't find out there weren't any tickets until they had already flown to Arizona for the Super Bowl.

One fan told Ferguson the company wasn't in touch until after the big game.

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South Sound Magazine is among several businesses across the country whose websites were hacked over the weekend by a group claiming to be The Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

On Saturday, the magazine's normal website was replaced with an all-black background and red letters, reading "Hacked by Islamic State."

NBC news reports that investigators initially did not believe the problems actually came from ISIS, but from hackers claiming to be that group, to get more attention.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.