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Sara Israelsen-Hartley is an investigative journalist who writes about public health issues and policies.


During 15 years with Salt Lake City-based Deseret News, she won numerous awards for her coverage of COVID-19, radon gas exposure, teens and anxiety, gender-based wage inequalities, divorce reform, abortion legislation and pornography.

She is currently a second-year graduate student at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Her focus is on health and social policy, particularly health inequities and health misinformation.  


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.