Experience & Education

 

“BEYOND WAR” FELLOW | The Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingIMG_8010

As one of The Pulitzer Center’s “Beyond War” fellows this year, I am researching and reporting on literary reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka, focusing specifically on the Write to Reconcile program that was led by Shyam Selvadurai and co-facilitated by Nayomi Munaweera and Ameena Hussein.

GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR | American Studies, UC Berkeley

As a graduate student instructor, I lead students in their discussion sections and support their learning in class. I use a range of methods to engage students, from quizzes, to group work, to creative writing assignments. I’m responsible for participation, attendance, paper assignments and grading, as well as office hours.

WRITER | BOMB, BUST, Catapult, Gulf Coast, “Inflection Point” and other publications

I write book reviews, profiles of artists, essays, short fiction, author interviews, and copy for podcast episodes, social media, and related articles.

FREELANCE FACT CHECKER | Via Magazine

At Via, I checked names, dates, locations, distances, and all factual statements in assigned articles appearing in Via Magazine and on their blog.

Recommendation from Rebecca Smith Hurd, Managing Editor, Via:

“Responsible and reliable are the two words that immediately come to mind when I think about Sarah’s work as a freelance fact-checker for Via, AAA’s travel magazine in nine Western states. She has deftly researched everything from short, front-of-the-book articles about visiting a single destination to in-depth feature stories about the future of road trips and automobile technology. She continually demonstrates good judgment, and she does not hesitate to make follow-up inquiries to ensure clarity and accuracy. Bonus points: She has the neatest handwriting of any creative I’ve ever worked with. She would be an asset to any editorial team, and I’m grateful she’s part of mine.”

REPORTER | Oakland North

While at Oakland North, I covered bias in policing, the Trump administration’s birth control rules, an in-custody death, and quite a few other stories, using a range of media.

MANAGING EDITOR | The Rational Online

The Rational Online is an international online magazine that advocates for women’s rights. We published our inaugural collection in November. As the managing editor, I hired an editorial staff, edited every piece published in our first three collections, connected writers with section editors, took care of typos in post, and completed a range of other tasks.

ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR | Entropy

At Entropy, I sought work by contributors who had thought deeply about the subject they’d chosen to cover, and whose writing conveyed that depth.

TEACHING APPRENTICE | Solano Community College

As a TA at Solano, I worked closely with English professors to learn pedagogy, grading essays and other work, preparing short lectures, and guiding students to comprehension of difficult subject matter.

STAFF WRITER | The Campanil

At the Campanil, I published 3-4 feature stories per semester, working closely with editors. I received Honorable Mention for Best Feature Story from the California College Media Association in 2016.

EMBEDDED TUTOR | Solano Community College

I was selected by two professors to TA in Algebra I classes. I supported approximately 60 students with in-class homework help by organizing study groups, presenting concepts alongside the teacher in class, and providing test preparation guidance.

TUTOR | Solano Community College

I tutored college freshmen and sophomores in English, Math, Human Biology, and Nutrition, meeting with 20 students per week for 1-hour appointments.


Education:

MASTER OF JOURNALISM, Narrative Writing Focus

University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
Dean’s Merit Fellow (Helzel Fellow)
Expected graduation, May 2019

BACHELOR OF ART IN ENGLISH, Creative Writing Focus

Mills College | Oakland, CA
Dean’s Scholar
Summa cum laude, May 2016