Sara Bernard

Multimedia Journalist

Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA

Sara Bernard

Writer, radio reporter, photographer, globetrotter


The Double Bind

Editor’s note: The following story contains detailed descriptions of sexual assault, and may be triggering to survivors. It was the day the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, and Monique was hanging out at a house party with friends, drinking hard cider and eating chicken wings. She didn’t have work the next day, so when she left the party, she didn’t go home; the city was still out celebrating, so she went out to a bar, alone.
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The Fight to Bring Hotel Housekeepers Out of the Shadows

Ermalyn Magtuba moved to Seattle from the Philippines 17 years ago. She has two kids, and to help support them, she works two jobs—roughly 74 hours a week—in room and food service at two different downtown Seattle hotels. “To survive and have a good life” in this city, “you have to have two jobs,” she says during a late-morning interview with Seattle Weekly in early June.
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Uber and the Uncertain Future of Taxis at the Airport

Uber unquestionably undeniably is violating taxi laws and regulations that same politicians "supporting" Uber are forcing upon thousands taxi drivers and small taxi operators. What these corrupt politicians do is nothing short of enabling a criminal enterprise aiming complete and total monopolization and destruction of independent taxi operators and small taxi businesses who (surprise surprise) have (and had) their own apps!
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Behind Bars With the Prisoners Training to Become Yoga Instructors

It’s a dreary day in mid-December, dark as flint and spitting cold rain. The Stafford Creek Corrections Center, near Aberdeen, rises neatly from the gloom like a well-manicured high-school campus. Its dozen or so concrete buildings, in various shades of gray and pale beige, are connected by long, wide sidewalks and clipped grass.

The Climate Movement’s Secret Weapon: Kids!

It’s a Friday night at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford, and Joey and Grace, ages 9 and 11—tiny, wiry, and ebony-haired—are tumbling over each other to tell me what they know about climate change. Their introduction to the concept is pretty difficult to pinpoint, though, since it’s always been there, “like all those other facts,” says Grace.

As sales boom, pot shops have become the new face of gentrification

It’s a cool, damp Saturday evening at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood. The tiny parking lot at Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop is packed to the gills. The mostly young, mostly white patrons climb out of their cars, show their IDs to the bouncer, and slip into the glossy boutique.

The Cost of Clean Coal

Barbara Correro was at home drinking tea, reading the paper. She had spent the past five years and most of her savings on a long-cherished retirement dream: a small mobile home on 24 acres of pine and hardwood forest, a large organic garden, and a pack of friendly dogs in rural Kemper County, Miss.

Rape Culture in the Alaskan Wilderness

One night a few years ago, when Geneva was 13, a man she’d grown up with stumbled into the room she shared with her two sisters in Tanana, Alaska, a tiny village northwest of Fairbanks, and climbed on top of her. He was stumbling drunk and aggressive. “He tried getting into my clothes,” she recalls.
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Tent Cities: When Society Fails to House

Tent cities have popped up across the country, from New Jersey to Texas to New Mexico. Many are starting to build more permanent living structures. So what are the benefits of living in a cluster of tents? And is this part of a real solution to homelessness?

In Georgetown, the Housing Is Affordable and the Air Unbreathable

In early 2015, Kelly Welker began to notice that the gritty air she was accustomed to breathing near her home on Flora Avenue South, in Georgetown, was grittier than usual. Within a few minutes of leaving her house, it would get into her eyes and burn. It would get into her sinuses and burn. It began searing her throat and coating her tongue, leaving a chalky, metallic aftertaste.
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This Weekend, Anacortes Will Be Ground Zero For Climate Resistance

Mass Seattle Demonstrations Heard Around the World: A Brief History. If this weekend’s Break Free protest in Anacortes goes as planned, it will be one of the largest acts of climate disobedience in the world. But Western Washington is no stranger to massive uprisings. Here are just a few from our civilly disobedient history:

In West Seattle, a Yard That’s Magical, Whimsical, and Not Up to Code

Out of a small backyard in a cheery West Seattle neighborhood near California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Charlestown Street grows a half-built magical kingdom known as the Undersea Aviary. It’s made of rebar and wire mesh, bone-white mortar and colorful tiles, with curving ocean grottoes, banks of coral, sea anemones, and a giant squid with curling tentacles.


Sara Bernard

I'm a staff writer at Seattle Weekly, formerly a fellow at, staff writer and multimedia producer for Edutopia magazine, freelance journalist, and avid international traveler. I grew up in upstate New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, studied abroad in Toulouse, France, and spent several years freelancing, traveling, and volunteering in Thailand, Vietnam, India, France, England, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, and Nicaragua before obtaining a master's degree at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

As a writer, photographer, radio reporter, and Web producer, I've fallen pretty hard for the myriad possibilities of multimedia storytelling. I spent a year reporting part-time for Crosscurrents on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and a summer reporting for the Alaska Public Radio Network. I've produced radio pieces for broadcast on KQED’s The California Report, KUOW in Seattle, the National Radio Project’s Making Contact, and KALX 90.7 FM in Berkeley, along with many audio slide shows for news outlets and nonprofit organizations. I've shot and edited Web videos, mapped data, and built stories using a variety of software platforms and CMS systems including Creatavist, Drupal, and Wordpress.

In addition to Seattle Weekly and Edutopia, I've written for Grist, Wired,, VIA, Bay Nature, Afar, Ode, Yoga Journal, Adirondack Life,, KQED’s MindShift, and The Bold Italic, among other publications, about education, travel, food, health, science, art, social justice, and the environment. I'm passionate about the power of high-integrity media to inform and inspire… and intensely curious about pretty much everything.