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Sarah Reith at the Promise of Paradise event, Grace Hudson Museum October 2019

Sarah Reith

News Director

Sarah Reith was born into a circus family in San Francisco, and ran away to join the army as soon as she turned 18. She was a parachute rigger at the jump school on Fort Benning, Georgia, where one of her incidental duties was “wind dummy,” or jumping out of an airplane ahead of a class of airborne students so the instructors could check the wind conditions. After concluding that life as a dummy lacked intellectual stimulation, she used her GI Bill to earn a BA in creative writing at Mills College for women. She worked as a bike messenger and a barista for some years before going back to school in Germany. She studied for her MA in German literature in the shadow of a medieval castle.

She came to Mendocino County in 2008 and worked as a reporter and freelancer, joining KZYX as a community news reporter in 2017. In 2018-2019, she had the life-changing honor of working with local theater and history maven Kate Magruder and brilliant reporter and policy whiz Laura Hamburg on “Promise of Paradise: Back to the Land Oral Histories of Mendocino County.” The half-hour programs aired weekly on KZYX for a year.

Sarah became the KZYX News Director in March, 2023.

  • Local News
    The Board of Supervisors chambers, the overflow room, and the courtyard at the Mendocino county government campus were packed yesterday for a highly interactive public participation hearing about two proposals from AT&T.
  • Local News
    Some voters will get a third round of ballots as the elections office scrambles to make sure they are voting in the correct district, according to boundaries that were adjusted three years ago.
  • Local News
    Some voters are receiving a second round of erroneous ballots to replace the misprint that every voter in the county received earlier this month.
  • Local News
    The year of the Wood Dragon is underway, with the lunar new year starting on February 10.On Friday, students from Instilling Goodness Developing Virtue Schools at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas shared dance, music and artwork with visitors to the Ukiah Library.
  • Local News
    Candidates threw punches and got a few laughs at a well-attended forum in Ukiah on Thursday night.
  • Local News
    The vendor the county uses for ballot compilation, printing and mailing services has misprinted ballots in numerous elections in Colorado and Utah. Last week, all 53,000 voters in Mendocino County received Republican ballots for the first supervisorial district.
  • Local News
    The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to look into funding the county museum through a non-profit model, in hopes of expanding fundraising opportunities and freeing up some of the bureaucratic constraints currently in place on the museum.Museum Administrator Karen Mattson advocated for the model in Kern county and elsewhere, where the county would retain ownership of the collections but administration would be through a foundation.Local historians spoke in favor of the proposal.
  • Local News
    The plan to continue a diversion from the Eel River into the Russian after the Potter Valley dams are removed hit a snag last week, when PG&E balked at the proposed permitting strategy. PG&E owns and operates the hydropower facility, and is eager to get rid of it in the wake of mechanical failures and a report of earthquake hazards at Scott Dam, which impounds Lake Pillsbury. But a regional coalition of local governments, CDFW, and conservation organizations is planning for life after dam removal by designing a method to continue diverting water when the Eel River is high.
  • Local News
    Every voter in Mendocino County received a Republican ballot for the first supervisorial district this week. Assessor-Clerk Recorder Katrina Bartolomie said her office first learned of it Wednesday, when voters on the coast began calling her office. Many voters in the rest of the county received their ballots Thursday, but no public communication took place until a press release was issued at 4:30 on Thursday afternoon. KZYX spoke with Bartolomie Friday morning.At 7:20 Friday night, the county sent out an FAQ, addressing more questions.
  • Local News
    The Board of Supervisors agreed to bring forward agenda items on two issues that have been championed by advocates for weeks: the abrupt relocation of the Veterans Service Office in Ukiah, and the question of higher pay for caregivers. And members of the public from Mendocino and Santa Cruz counties urged the supervisors to oppose AT&T’s application to be relieved of its legal obligation to be a carrier of last resort.