Sadie Babits is Boise State Public Radio’s news director. She has nearly 15 years of experience working in public radio from hosting shows to reporting and editing. Sadie got her start in public radio at BSPR as a student reporter while attending Boise State University. She became the station’s first news director years later. She feels honored to lead the state’s premier public radio newsroom and to work with a talented team.
Sadie was the assistant news director for Colorado Public Radio. She also oversaw the station’s award winning public affairs program Colorado Matters.Sadie spent more than two and half years as a freelance journalist based in Portland, Oregon. She worked with Oregon Public Broadcasting as a fill in host and a relief editor. She also reported from Germany and Israel on renewable energy, and covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Sadie has also worked at Arizona Public Radio as a Morning Edition host and reporter.
Her work has aired on National Public Radio shows including Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as WBUR’s Only a Game, The Environment Report,PRI’s The Worldand American Public Media’s Marketplace.
Sadie’s a former International Reporting Project fellow, which took her to the East African country of Kenya to report on water crisis and sustainability issues. She is also the recipient of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism, a national award from the Society of Environment Journalists for her reporting on water in Kenya and numerous state specific and regional awards from her work in Colorado, Idaho and Arizona.
Sadie and her husband Nate are avid mountain bikers, nordic skiers and hikers. Their puppy Carter occassionaly visits the newsroom.
Kristen Johnson, also known as Lady Houdini, goes far beyond the role women usually play in escape acts. "It was important for me to be a strong example for young women in particular," she says.
A massive wildfire is continuing to burn near the resort towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley in Idaho. While some evacuees have been allowed to return to their homes, the fire could burn until the first snows come this fall.
Throughout November, hundreds of people are lining up to peer through the telescope at Lowell Observatory in northern Arizona. What they'll see: Mars in close opposition with the Earth. This is the nearest the red planet has been to Earth since 2003. If you miss it this month, you'll have to wait until 2018 for such an incredible view. Sadie Babits has this postcard from the observatory.
Seventy-five years ago, astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. Today, scientists in Flagstaff are still hard at work, researching Pluto's mysteries. Sadie Babits of Arizona Public Radio reports.