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Sarah Waller discovered her love of stories around the campfire.
Each summer, her family would strike off on camping adventures through sage lands, rain forests and rocky beaches of the Pacific Northwest. These wilderness pilgrimages introduced Sarah to a colorful slice of humanity: cattle ranchers, fly fisherman, rock hunters, wilderness guides, bison experts and a seemingly endless string of interesting people who could all tell a good story. She listened to their tales, woven together with the aroma of sage and the hungry crackle of a campfire.
Sarah's love of stories kept growing. As a teenager, she embarked on a project to collect the stories of veterans, starting with Seattle's sole surviving WWI veteran. She bought a tape recorder, but still had no idea how do "a real interview." So, she persuaded her mom to drive her to the KUOW studios to meet her radio idol, Marcie Sillman. Sarah wrote about visiting KUOW to her 8th grade teacher: "It was chaos and creativity ... I could almost see working at a radio station."
A dozen years later, she did just that. Sarah now produces stories for KUOW Presents.
Outside of KUOW, Sarah is a professional artist and illustrator. Her artistic pursuits have inspired her to climb mountains, learn violin repair, dissect squid, speak Finnish and collaborate with orchestras. Most recently, her work was featured in National Geographic. Sarah is thrilled to live in a region that is home to both giant pacific octopus and hummingbirds. And she still loves sharing stories over the smoldering logs of a campfire.