Sara Lerner

Sara is a reporter for KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. She has over a decade of experience as a local and national radio journalist and is a longtime Seattle reporter. She is the recipient of a national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated award and multiple regional awards for her work. She has covered everything from Seattle-area real estate to motorcycle gangs to human trafficking, a topic in which she's developed an expertise after producing a documentary series on the problem here in Washington. Sara originates from Kansas City and maintains a deep love for the Royals.

Uber for kids? New Seattle app aims to solve kid carpool woes

Got a job, busy schedule, and need to find a ride for the kids? Well, now there's an app for that.
6 years ago

Hundreds get jobs on the spot at Seattle youth job fair

About 1,500 teens and young adults descended on a massive job fair in Seattle Thursday for 16 to 24-year-olds who are not working and are not in school.
6 years ago

After last summer’s deadly accident, Big Four Ice Caves re-open with little change

The Forest Service re-opened the trail to the Big Four Ice Caves last weekend. Last July, an ice collapse there killed 34-year-old Annalisa Santana. Her 25-year-old brother David Santana died from his injuries in the collapse a few months later. Between the two of them, they left behind seven children. Darrington District Ranger Peter Forbes […]
6 years ago

Lead paint proves to be the real problem in Washington

Although the Tacoma situation is scary, lead-contaminated water is not the number one source of lead exposure for children. In King County, for example, it’s through lead paint or lead-contaminated dust.
6 years ago

Low income discrimination and the housing crisis

Mindy Woods is in a tough situation. And her situation is caught in the middle of a battle over what are legal rental practices amid skyrocketing rents and a housing crisis.
6 years ago

WSDOT fails to bill thousands of toll customers on time

The Washington Department of Transportation failed to bill thousands of toll customers over a year-long period. The computer glitch dates back to March 2015 and WSDOT spokesperson Emily Pace said the error impacts 8,200 vehicles. Katrina Snow is one of those drivers. She lives in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood and works in Bellevue. Snow pays to […]
6 years ago

Climatologist says global warming isn’t causing record-breaking heat

An explanation of the record-breaking heat and what it might mean for droughts this summer.
6 years ago

Still too early to draw conclusions on $15 minimum wage

It's too early to tell if Seattle businesses are hurting as a result of the new $15 minimum wage, but a study commissioned by the city reveals some preliminary results about the law's impact.
6 years ago

Judge will make decision on City of Seattle trash lawsuit by end of month

Is it legal for Seattle to inspect your trash? The King County Superior Court will soon hear from eight plaintiffs suing the city over its garbage collection practices.
6 years ago

Teacher’s union president on Olympia School District data breach: ‘It happens’

Scam artists have personal information on anyone who worked at the Olympia School District in 2015.
6 years ago

Washington candidates pitch their progressiveness for U.S. House opening

Three Democratic candidates made their pitch in Seattle to replace U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott.
6 years ago

Seattle council member suggests eyesore deterrent to tree cutting

Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold suggests taking a page out of Sydney, Australia's book in order to deter homeowners from cutting down trees.
6 years ago

‘Cosmic connection’ made at King County’s community resources exchange

Dental care, mammogram tests and haircuts were among the services provided at United Way of King County's "community resources exchange."
6 years ago

Murray’s Middle Way: Seattle’s approach to homeless sweeps

Seattle is offering trash services to common homeless encampments, after clearing out 176 camps since fall.
6 years ago

Need to call 911? Get tips from this 8-year-old

"He saved my life twice," says Shauna Holdt, whose grandson Austin called 9-1-1 when she collapsed at home in Pacific. He also dialed 9-1-1 when she had a heart attack in 2014. For his exemplary ability to stay cool under pressure, King County is giving Austin a 9-1-1 Hero Award Thursday at the Woodland Park Zoo.
6 years ago

Seattle attorney: Cutting down 150 trees is definitely not a mistake

West Seattle neighbors who hired landscapers to cut down 150 trees are calling the incident a mistake. But one lawyer says that is a common excuse and tactic.
6 years ago

Bainbridge resident says photos of refugee camp don’t ‘do it justice’

With a population that has swelled to as many as 15,000, the makeshift refugee camp near the Greek village of Idomeni is now home to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. 21-year-old Madi Williamson, of Bainbridge Island, says it's mind-blowing.
6 years ago

Seattle ‘Big-Brained Superheroes Club’ grooms next generation of science superstars

The Big-Brained Superheroes Club at Yesler Community Center: an after-school science program like no other.
6 years ago

UW doctor: There isn’t a one-size-fits-all cure to cancer

Some scientists say the approach to "cure cancer" is misguided.
6 years ago

Renton woman freed after being imprisoned for years by ‘corrupt establishment’

A Renton woman who was imprisoned in Mexico for nearly three years is now free.
6 years ago

Seattle music labels specialize in a once-forgotten medium

Seattle bands are releasing music in this once disregarded method. And no, it's not vinyl.
6 years ago

Seattle housing market is ‘driven by true demand and true limited supply’

It's an increasingly difficult market for first-time home buyers in Seattle, but it's not a housing bubble.
6 years ago

Why there’s nearly $26 million in unclaimed tax refunds in Washington

The IRS estimates there's nearly $1 billion in unclaimed refunds, just for 2012. That's $26 million in Washington state.
6 years ago

Study shows children concerned with parents’ smartphone use

A new study reveals kids are worried about their parents' smart phone usage.
6 years ago