Sarah Cwiek

Sarah Cwiek

Work experience

Work experience
Oct 2009 - Present

Detroit Reporter/Producer

Michigan Radio/WUOM
    • Cover breaking and ongoing news stories in and around the city of Detroit
    • Monitor daily news and formulate ideas for in-depth feature stories.
    • Produce and voice spot news and feature-length stories.
    • Record, edit and mix sound elements.
    • Attend press conferences, court hearings and other news events to interview newsmakers.
    • Occasional contributor of spot and feature-length news for NPR (Morning Edition and All Things Considered) American Public Media (Marketplace), The Environment Report.
    • Upload stories and other content (sound files, pictures, and relevant story links) to Michigan Radio website.
    • Report, blog and provide other content for Michigan Radio's evolving, multi-platform digital news network, "The River." Trained with NPR's online division to upgrade content and presentation.

I cover everything in and around the city of Detroit. Here are just a few work samples, including a blog post:

Aug 2008 - Sep 2009


Detroit Public Radio/WDET
  • Cover breaking and spot news for WDET.
  • Automotive beat reporter during GM and Chrysler bailout/bankruptcies.
  • Environmental beat reporter.
  • Regular contributor to NPR news broadcasts.
  • Occasional contributor of feature-length news for NPR (Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Day to Day).
  • Provided commentary and news analysis on WDET local news magazine Detroit Today and for the BBC.
  • Participated in on-air pledge drives.
Oct 2007 - Jul 2008

Intern/Weinberg Fellow

Food System Economic Partnership
  • Prepared grant proposals for philanthropic and public sector support.
  • Helped develop an online local food production mapping tool and database (
  • Updated and managed FSEP website.
  • Wrote, edited and assembled FSEP quarterly newsletter.
  • Provided support for FSEP 2008 annual conference.
  • Conducted research, wrote reports, and other project support.
Jun 2007 - Jun 2008

Research Assistant

Dr. Rebecca Hardin, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Worked with Dr. Hardin to produce scholarly papers for publication.
  • Wrote and edited academic grant proposals.
  • Collaborated on scholarly article about bushmeat, conservation and food security in south-central Africa (accepted by Duke University press for publication in Socioemergence: Cultural Economies and Historical Ecologies of Viral Disease in Tropical Forests).
  • Wrote, edited and researched for documentary film about conservation history and inequality in Africa and Southeast Asia (in collaboration with Interlock Media, Boston).


Sep 2006 - Apr 2008


University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Multidisciplinary coursework focused on environmental policy, governance, environmental justice. Major research topics included:
    • CAFOs and impacts of industrial agriculture.
    • Agricultural impacts on water quality, water conservation, and federal water policy.
    • Bushmeat hunting and conservation/livelihood strategies in West Africa.
  • Co-host/co-creator of “It’s Hot in Here,” an environmentally-themed weekly news/talk show on WCBN student radio.
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003


Kalamazoo College
  • Focus on International Relations and International Political Economy.
  • Concentration in Religion and Women’s Studies.
  • Significant project/coursework in Spanish and Creative Writing.

Foreign Study at Universidad de Benito Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico (January-April 2002)

  • Coursework in Spanish language, Mexican history and government.
  • Completed Spanish-language research project and report on the impact of migration on rural Oaxacan villages.

Awards and Recognition

  • Spanish language competitive scholarship, Kalamazoo College (1999)
  • Honors earned on Senior Individualized Project in short fiction (2003)
  • Schneider award for best creative writing by a non-English major (2003)
  • Weinberg Fellowship for professional development with FSEP, University of Michigan (2008)
  • Best Hard News, "Shrinking Detroit" (with Sarah Hulett and Dustin Dwyer), Michigan Associated Press (2010).
  • Honorable Mention for Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting (“Union Organizing Votes”), Michigan Associated Press (2008)
  • Merit Award for Best Mini-Documentary or Series, "Shrinking Detroit" (with Sarah Hulett and Dustin Dwyer), Michigan Association of Broadcasters (2010).
  • First Place, General News, "Shrinking Detroit" (with Sarah Hulett and Dustin Dwyer), Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (2010).
  • First Place, Features Reporting, "Muslims in Michigan (with Sarah Hulett, Dustin Dwyer, and Jennifer Guerra), Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (2010).
  • Great Waters Institute Fellow, Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources (2009).