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SAKS

Audio Journalist

 

About Me

My going concern is Richest Hill,

Montana Public Radio's narrative podcast about the past, present and future

of one of America's most notorious Superfund sites. 

I am humbled to have been awarded the 2020 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for Richest Hill. The finalist judge said “Richest Hill is consistently excellent,

and Nora set a high bar for young reporters and storytellers to aspire to.

She hooked me with a story that I didn’t even know I cared about.”

The New Yorker called Richest Hill a "must-listen" and one of the best podcasts of 2019, and said I have "brio", which I had to look up in the dictionary.

Over the last 4+ years at Montana Public Radio, I've helped produce a couple of other terrific podcasts [Threshold and SubSurface]. And I've reported on everything from the health impacts of long-term exposure to wildfire smoke, to an

Irish-style wake for thousands of martyred snow geese. 

In 2017, I was a news intern at KFSK, a public radio station in Southeast Alaska.

That summer, I tagged along with humpback whale researchers,

visited a Tlingit culture camp, and hosted Morning Edition every weekday. 

My work has been heard on NPR, Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio, Alaska Public Media, the CoastAlaska network, the Alaska Fisheries Report, and has been published in the Washington Post,

the Associated Press, and the Missoulian.

 

My radio pieces have won awards from WBUR, the Associated Press TV and Radio Association, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Alaska Press Club,

and the Broadcast Education Association.​

 Just for fun, I also moonlight as a volunteer music DJ [The Noracle]

on KBMF - LP, a community radio station in Butte, MT.

You too can hear everything from bummer-folk to Afrobeat on my show

Songs of Love and Horror - Sundays from 2-4 pm MST.

Once upon a time, before I fell head over heels for radio, I was a farmer and food educator, and a massage school drop-out. 

 

Work Experience

2018 - Today

MONTANA PUBLIC RADIO

Host and Reporter, Richest Hill

2019

MONTANA MEDIA LAB

Teaching Assistant, Audio Storytelling 101 Workshop

2017

KFSK - PETERSBURG, AK

News Intern and Morning Edition Host

2016 - 2018

MONTANA PUBLIC RADIO

Student Reporter and Podcast Producer

2016 - 2018

THRESHOLD PODCAST

Outreach Intern and Contributing Editor

2016 - 2017

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

Graduate Journalism Teaching Assistant

 

Education

2018

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

M.A., Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism

2013

SALT INSTITUTE FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES

Certificate in Creative Non-Fiction Writing and Multimedia

2008

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Honors B.A, Environment and Society

Minors, Environmental Science and Cultural Anthropology

 

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