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Sadie Babits, Sustainability Director, Cronkite News

Email: Sadie.Babits@asu.edu
Office: Sixth floor, Cronkite News newsroom
Phone: 208-409-5437

Sadie BabitsSadie Babits leads sustainability coverage for Cronkite News, a division of Arizona PBS. She has nearly 20 years of award winning public radio reporting experience as well as leading public radio newsrooms. Sadie has focused much of her reporting on public lands, water, climate change and western issues.

Before coming to the Cronkite School, Sadie spent an academic year as a Ted Scripps Environmental Reporting Fellow at the University Colorado Boulder where she researched and reported on public land issues. Prior to that, Sadie was the news director at Colorado Public Radio where she guided and edited daily and long-term coverage for this statewide network.

Her reporting has aired on National Public Radio shows including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Marketplace and Only a Game. She has been recognized nationally with an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and by the Society of Environmental Journalists. She was also an International Reporting Project fellow in Washington, D.C.

Sadie’s radio career started in high school as a D.J. at KSRA in Salmon, Idaho. She graduated with honors from Boise State University with a degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations. It’s during her college years she honed her skills as a radio journalist at Boise State Public Radio — a station she would later return to as its first news director.

After graduating from Boise State, Sadie became the morning host of Arizona Public Radio in Flagstaff where she also reported for nearly five years.

Sadie’s reported from Kenya, Israel and many places in between, but she calls the West home where she can often be found exploring trails by foot or on her mountain bike.