radio journalist & audio producer
Nora Saks is a radio journalist and audio storyteller based in Portland, Maine - the city by the sea.
Before joining WBUR (Boston's NPR news station), Nora was a reporter with Montana Public Radio. While at MTPR, she created Richest Hill, a narrative non-fiction podcast about the past, present and future of one of America's most legendary Superfund sites in Butte, Montana. She was also an associate producer on SubSurface, MTPR's podcast about the threat of
invasive aquatic mussel species.
The New Yorker called Richest Hill a "must-listen" and one of the best podcasts of 2019, and said she has "brio", which she had to look up in the dictionary. For her efforts, she was awarded WBUR's very humbling 2020 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.
Nora served as a content editor and outreach intern with Threshold, a Peabody award-winning podcast that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season.
She also interned at KFSK - a public radio station based in an island fishing community in Southeast Alaska. That summer, she filed stories about whale research, lighthouse keepers, Tlingit language education, and got up at dawn to host Morning Edition.
Nora holds an M.A. in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Journalism from the University of Montana (2018).
She is also a proud graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (2013) and the University of Toronto's
School of the Environment (2008).
Once upon a time, before she fell head over heels for radio, she was an organic farmer, a garden teacher, and a
massage school drop-out.