Sarah Harris

Based in upstate New York, Sarah Harris reports on military and veterans issues in the area around Fort Drum. She's worked in a variety of roles at North Country Public Radio,  first covering the Champlain Valley in Vermont and New York, and now covering St. Lawrence County.

Sarah's work has aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and other programs. Her writing 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 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.

Ways to Connect

Actor Stephan Wolfert directs a program called DE-CRUIT that  welcomes veterans to the stage to perform Shakespeare.
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A workshop in New York uses creative writing and Shakespearean monologues to help veterans heal.

Actors Patrick Schwarzenegger (left) and Jon Beavers crouch in position on set of "The Long Road Home."
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The National Geographic mini-series depicts the true story of an ambush that killed eight Americans and hundreds of Iraqis.

Lt. Cmdr. Valerie Greenaway conducts a Navy training session in December 2016, when an Obama-era policy allowed transgender service members to serve openly. Now, President Trump has ordered a ban on transgender recruits.
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President Trump's directive prohibits transgender people from joining the military and bans the military from paying for gender reassignment surgery. But it doesn't address what will happen to transgender people currently serving.

Liza Rodewald works from home and co-founded Hire Mad Skills, a job site that places military spouses in remote jobs.
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Military families move a lot, and that makes it hard for service members’ spouses to hold steady jobs. About half of military spouses are either unemployed or underemployed – and that can take a toll on their families, their earning power, and the economy. 

Freedom Home and Electronics closed all its stores after being the target of state and federal investigations. It once had more than a dozen stores near military bases, including this one in Norfolk, Va.
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Since 2011, more than 30,000 service members have filed federal complaints about consumer scams. Regulators say troops are frequent targets of predatory lending schemes.