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Nora Saks


About Me

Hi, I'm a journalist based in Bath, ME, and an associate editor at Down East Magazine, which means I write, edit and assign stories about my favorite parcel of earth...the state of Maine. 


Before making the leap to print, I was the Radio + Podcasting instructor at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and a freelance writer/story editor/audio producer/oral historian. My print and audio stories have been published in Down East Magazine, NPR, public radio stations across the West, Here & Now, 99% Invisible, NHPR's Outside/In, the Outside Podcast, and elsewhere.

Before joining Salt's faculty, I was part of the WBUR Podcasts team, making Last Seen, Endless ThreadCircle Round, and a variety of other shows. Previously, I was a reporter, host and producer with Montana Public Radio. I'm also proud to have worked on early seasons of Threshold, and to have interned at KFSK in Petersburg, Alaska. 


During my time at Montana Public Radio, I created Richest Hill, a narrative non-fiction podcast series about one of America's most legendary Superfund sites in Butte, Montana. The New Yorker called Richest Hill a "must-listen" and one of the best podcasts of 2019. It was also the winning entry for the 2020 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, which recognizes rising talent in public media.​


I hold an M.A. in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism from the University of Montana, a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, and a certificate in creative writing and multimedia from Salt. 

Every other Sunday, I moonlight as a volunteer music DJ on Southern Maine's Community Radio station, WMPG. You can listen to my show, The Sunday Scaries, live from 8-9:30 pm ET. Otherwise, I can be found exploring the water, woods, and wilds of this exquisite state. 


I'm available for freelance assignments

and oral history work, so please be in touch!

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