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Sara Israelsen-Hartley is a special projects reporter who writes about public health issues and their impact on families. During 15 years with Salt Lake City-based Deseret News, she won numerous awards for her coverage of teens and anxiety, the crisis of radon gas exposure, gender-based wage inequalities, teens and technology, divorce reform, abortion legislation and pornography.

She will be pursuing a Master of Public Policy at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy beginning Fall 2021.


In 2019, she was honored to be named a National Fellow with the Center for Health Journalism at USC Annenberg.


The only things she loves more than journalism are God, her amazing scientist husband, Jon, their three rambunctious boys and deep-friend mozzarella sticks.