I’ve been working as a writer and journalist for more than 20 years. The following articles are just a few examples of the countless stories I’ve worked on for online publications, newspapers, magazines, and radio broadcasters.
Past low social status leaves long-lasting scars in the immune system, a new study finds
University of Chicago to help lead national effort to make cancer research data more useful, accessible and impactful
Researchers receive $17 million grant to fight opioid addiction and overdoses in criminal justice populations
How waves of ‘clutches’ in the motor cortex help our brains initiate movement
New study questions expected link between farming and overwhelming immune system evolution
Johns Hopkins Health Review
Contributing editor for this high-end consumer health magazine
Writer for this publication on how Johns Hopkins Medicine taps innovative solutions and technology
A tour of Paris from the heads of the city’s alumni chapter
Gifts in kind offer unique learning experiences to Johns Hopkins students
Atheists in Black America
In the US, religion–in particular Christianity–is a driving force behind African-American culture. Under slavery and segregation, the black church provided both spiritual and social services to African-Americans. Today, many African-Americans see anything short of embracing religion as not just heretical but a denial of one’s very blackness. But a growing number of African-Americans openly do not believe in God or the church. We find out how they are trying to make their voices heard and seeking acceptance in their community.
“As promised, a proper listen. Good opening, Good presentation and script. Liked the way the story develops–the narrative arc is great... Sheds light on a great subject; sensitively dealt with... Well done and thank you very much, a huge success.”
Jeremy Skeet; Commissioning Editor, Global News, BBC World Service
“Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your doc on the election ad VO artists. We do a lot of very serious–heavy, sad–stories on The Current, and this was such a welcome departure... a really fun romp, but still incredibly informative. And a really inventive way of ‘covering’ the US election.”
Jennifer Moroz; Acting Executive Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s The Current
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Doctors Who Treated JFK Recall His Last Moments
As the years pass, the number of witnesses who remember the events of Nov. 22, 1963, continues to dwindle. But for Red Duke and Robert Grossman, the day is etched indelibly in their memories. Both men served on the team of roughly a dozen doctors who worked on the president and Texas Gov. John Connally. One doctor saved a life; the other watched one slip away.
Texas' Little-Known 'Forbidden City'
The Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, is home to an exotic but little-known attraction: the country’s only replica of China’s Forbidden City. Known as the Forbidden Gardens, the attraction opened in 1996. It features a huge burial pit — the size of several football fields and lined with rows of clay soldiers — that represents the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, who ruled the Forbidden City during the 3rd century B.C. Sarah Richards reports.
Army Specialist Was First Md. Woman Killed in Iraq
Army Spc. Toccara Green was part of a unit that provided security for supply convoys in Iraq. She was killed by a roadside bomb a week after returning to the country from leave.
American Greeks Watch Europe’s Drama Unfold
Greeks outside of the Hellenic Republic are riveted by the news surrounding its debt crisis. In historic Greektown, in Baltimore, Md., Greek Americans tell WYPR’s Sarah Richards that their homeland is not the only country facing problems, but it must change.
Remembering Three American Soldiers
Dale Burger, Jr., followed his father into the Marines. Burger was killed in the Fallujah offensive and will be buried near his father at Arlington National Cemetery.
To Bear Arms
In the U.S., there is a never-ending, obsessive discussion over firearms. Who should be able to use what type of firearm, and in what sort of circumstances? What you don’t hear from either side of the debate is what happens to those people who end up legally using a gun to defend themselves. Sometimes a person saves their own life by shooting an attacker. Other times, terrible, tragic mistakes take place.
What happened to Johnny Slaughter after he fatally shot a home intruder hasn’t made it into the debates on gun control. This documentary looks at the complications that linger after a swift act of self-defense.
Forty years ago, a group of Canadian Mennonites packed up and headed for Bolivia in search of good farm land and isolation. Now, their quiet, comfortable existence is caught up in Bolivian politics.
The Long Toil of America’s Black Farmers
Thousands of African-American farmers have been fighting for compensation for the money they say they lost because they were denied federal government loans while their white neighbours were getting them. It’s one of the biggest civil rights cases in American history–and it’s not over yet.
Rising gas prices help my business
Rising gas prices help my business
Veteran-owned businesses get deals. Finally!
Kathy Ireland’s latest business: wedding dresses
“Sarah Richards is one of our clutch reporters, someone who we can rely on to get either a breaking news story or take a complex one and translate it into simple terms for our audience. She is a first-rate journalist and an excellent writer, extremely talented in the use of sound. She not only makes sure her audience gets the story, she makes sure they get it right. She has been an asset to our staff since the day she rode in on her motorcycle.”
Sunni Khalid; Managing Editor, WYPR, Baltimore’s National Public Radio station
“Sarah treats an assignment for our alumni magazine with the same attention to detail and focus on storytelling as she would were it destined for the newsstand. As a result, she delivers copy that will inform and engage anyone who reads our publication”
Jeremy Brooks; Editor, University of Manitoba alumni publication On Manitoba
Racisme à la ferme
Jusque dans les années 90, des dizaines de milliers de fermiers noirs ont été victimes de discrimination de la part du gouvernement des États-Unis. Plutôt que de les aider à developper leurs affaires, le gouvernement s’est évertué à leur mettre des bâtons dans les roues. En 2004, la justice s’est prononcée en leur faveur, et 13,000 fermiers noirs ont été dédommagés.
Le weekend algérien
En Algérie, le weekend dure du jeudi au vendredi. Dans un marché global, pas évident de mener les affaires dans l’espace de trois jours. L’heure est-elle venue de moderniser le weekend algérien?
For Some in the Military, Danger is Seen Off Duty
Annals of Creative Tippling:
Master of the Guillotine
Baltimore Riots: A Broken Dream
In a powerless, frozen city of no food, the blind hear the bombs and know there is no escape
Lights, camera, surveillance: Actors protest Big Brother
A Warm Reminder
While grieving my father’s death, I went looking for anything that could lend meaning to his passing – and found comfort in an old coat. (p.70)
In Maryland’s abandoned institutions for the mentally ill and disabled, lessons from the past. (p.23)
Motorcycle Maps with Moxie
Is O’Malley to Blame for Poor Relations Between the Police and Residents?