Sara Bernard

Multimedia Journalist

Seattle, WA

Sara Bernard

Writer, audio producer, photographer, globetrotter


Rape Culture in the Alaskan Wilderness

One night a few years ago, when Jane 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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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.

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.
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My Mother, My Sister, and I Attended Three Different Women’s Marches in Three Different Parts of the World

By 9:15 on Saturday morning, Judkins Park was already flooded with thousands of hot-pink pussy hats. Thousands upon thousands of women — mostly women and girls, but also plenty of men and boys and babies and dogs — had already poured across the grass, hoisting giant puppets, banners, a colossal planet Earth, and a plethora of homemade signs.
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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.

So Long, Red Apple: A Beloved Central District Staple Set to Close

The Promenade Red Apple on South Jackson Street, as everyone who’s lived in the Central District for any length of time knows, is a whole lot more than a grocery store. It’s a community hub. It’s a place to run into friends and neighbors, to say hello to the same cashiers you’ve known for years and years.
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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.

Supporters Overjoyed as Senator Pramila Jayapal Sweeps the Primary

Senator Pramila Jayapal’s campaign staff and volunteers are going berserk, running back and forth, screaming, laughing, clutching each other in frantic, giddy joy. The candidate for the 7th Congressional District swept the primary election Tuesday night with 38.2 percent of the vote. King County Council Chair Joe McDermott came in second, but far behind Jayapal, at 21.5 percent, with Representative Brady Walkinshaw just a hair shy of that at 20.9.
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Tent cities: Seattle’s unusual approach to homelessness

Asa Yoe is a mild-mannered 30-year-old with boyish features and warm eyes. He’s from Georgia, speaks with a gentle, Southern twang, and usually has a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth. He makes good money fishing in Alaska every summer, then heads south every fall to pick up the odd construction job.

These Rainier Vista Kids Will Melt You With Cuteness (And May Save Their Neighborhood)

Suwayda Jimale got the idea for the "G.O.O.D Girls" way back in third grade. “I came up with the idea because I wanted to help with the neighborhood,” she says matter-of-factly, swinging her tiny legs as they dangle a foot off the ground from a bench in Rainier Vista’s Central Park. “I came up with ‘G.O.O.D.
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Poets, Dancers and Michael Bennett Rally Black Students in the CD

It was what lead organizer and Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian called “the very, very beginning of something that I want to see roll out across the country.”. See below for some of our favorite scenes and quotes from the evening. “We wanted everybody to be a part of something and create some type of bridge.
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Sara Bernard

I'm a freelance multimedia journalist and audio producer with a huge appetite for long-form narrative. Most recently, my focus has been podcasts. After several years as a staff writer for Seattle Weekly, I produced and hosted a weekly narrative podcast for that news outlet called "Seattleland." In 2019, I produced another narrative podcast for a law firm here in Seattle -- "Trial Insider: Dinh v Ride the Ducks," a six-episode story about a trial and its context; find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts. For about six months, I produced the podcast "Crosscut Talks" for Cascade Public Media; now, I produce and host "This Changes Everything," a Crosscut podcast about the events that transform society ( or wherever you listen). The first season explores the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic; the second, the movement to defund police.

Before all this, I was a fellow at, a staff writer and multimedia producer at Edutopia magazine, and a freelance reporter 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 and moving to Seattle.

As a writer, radio reporter, photographer, and web producer, I've fallen pretty hard for the myriad possibilities of multimedia storytelling. I've reported, produced, edited, voiced, and polished long-form audio documentaries. 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 and add-ons for news outlets and nonprofit organizations. I've shot and edited 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, The Atlantic, Crosscut, 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.