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I’m Sarah. I’m a multimedia journalist originally from Nashville, Tennessee and now living in New York City. I moved to NYC in 2017 to pursue a Master’s degree in journalism at NYU, and since then, I’ve been reporting and writing on health, gender, and culture. My subjects range from contraceptive access to climate policy, and I’m especially interested in elevating the voices of women who have something to say.

I currently work as a staff writer for HealthCentral and freelance on the side. My work can be found in places like Elite Daily, Supermajority News, Greatist, Rewire.News, the Women’s Media Center, mindbodygreen, 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!

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In Mozambique, Community-Based Model for Reproductive Health Care Serves Women in Sex Trade

Women's Media Center (Women Under Siege) - January 2021

Aida spends her mornings like many other working people in Beira, Mozambique — out on the job. Her “office” is a mobile health clinic, and her goal is to reach one key underserved population: sex workers. Aida and her team are current or former sex workers themselves.

Karamo Brown On His Experience Living With Migraine

HealthCentral - January 2021

Here’s something you might not know about Brown: He has been living with migraines since he was in high school. Growing up, he dealt with stigma from friends and family who didn’t understand the severity of his condition. “When it comes to migraine, it’s more than a headache,” he says. “It’s debilitating in so many ways.”

The Indigenous Woman Leading the Fight to Save the Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Women's Media Center (FBomb) - November 2020

For Bernadette Demientieff, the Arctic was never just some far-off region portending the coming horrors of climate change. Fort Yukon, Alaska, is home to her, and warming temperatures have long been a devastating reality.

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