I’m Sarah. I’m a multimedia journalist originally from Nashville and now living in Brooklyn. I moved to New York in 2017 to pursue a Master’s degree in journalism at NYU, and since then, I’ve been reporting and writing on health, gender, sexuality, and culture. My subjects range from contraceptive access to climate policy, and I’m especially interested in elevating the voices of women and non-binary folks who have something to say.
I currently work as the Updates Editor for Bustle Digital Group and freelance on the side. My work can be found in places like Elite Daily, Rewire News Group, HealthCentral, Supermajority News, Greatist, the Women’s Media Center, and more. I’m interested in anything and everything affecting young people, gender identity, sexual health, and the future of our planet.
For two years, I co-hosted and produced a podcast called Subtext, examining the intersection of dating and technology. I am currently at work on a new audio project to be released in 2021. When I’m not writing, I’m probably reading, cooking, or dreaming about getting a dog.
Got a tip to share or a story I should cover? My DMs are always open (@sarahaellis_) or I can be reached at sarahabbottellis [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d love to hear from you!
Photo: Ava Vienneau
All In Your Head
HealthCentral - July 2021
The idea that the brain shapes our experience of pain is sometimes controversial for the chronic community. People with an illness not readily visible can encounter resistance from the medical community when seeking treatment for their pain.
Uganda’s New Criminalization Bill Further Endangers Those in the Sex Industry
Women's Media Center (Women Under Siege) - June 2021
On May 3, the Ugandan Parliament voted to pass the 2019 Sexual Offenses Bill, which reinforces the criminalization of sex work and same-sex relations under the pretense of strengthening protections against sexualized violence. The consequences of this new legislation will fall heaviest on women and marginalized groups during an already fraught year.
How Gender Stereotypes Harm Women With Chronic Pain
HealthCentral - April 2021
Though women are more likely than men to experience chronic pain—21.7% of women had chronic pain in 2019, as opposed to 19% of men—they also face patriarchal stereotypes that can make it harder for them to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment.