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About

Sarah Bogaards is a proud born-and-raised Iowan from the suburbs of Des Moines. Following graduation from high school, she attended Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) where she received her associates degree in liberal arts and discovered her passion for journalism. This led her to transfer to Drake University where she majored in News Journalism and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in May 2021.

Sarah’s work experience started with serving as a writer and editor-in-chief for The Campus Chronicle newspaper at DMACC, and since then she has held positions with The Times-Delphic, College Magazine and the Des Moines Business Record.

Passionate about writing and storytelling, Sarah also enjoys the practicality of journalism. Doing methodical work like research and working with data makes the field that much more diverse and fascinating. Sarah’s dream job would include investigative reporting on public affairs – local government or education are her top two beats – and working with data on some level.

Learning has always been a driving force in Sarah’s life that helped her decide to pursue a career in journalism. The act of chasing a story was a stirring mix of art and science via interviews and research.

Here are three of Sarah’s goals and purposes she strives to meet in her journalism career.

  • Serve the public by providing an accurate presentation of facts, holding those in power accountable and documenting history of the community served.
  • Rally against disinformation brought about by the digital age, work to restore trust in news media and aid newsrooms in making effective and efficient adaptations to the digital age.
  • Report each story with empathy for sources in order to understand and accurately convey their perspectives and take every opportunity to become more informed about a community, culture or society as a whole.

Sarah lives with a mental health condition and is passionate about furthering mental health advocacy in the state. She volunteers with NAMI Iowa as a young adult presenter for their End the Silence presentations, where she shares her experience with audiences of both children and adults to destigmatize and create awareness around mental health.

In her free time, Sarah spends as much time as possible outside, and will try just about any outdoor activity. She enjoys camping, visiting state parks, kayaking and relaxing in a hammock with a book. After all the time indoors during the pandemic, she has added visits to every national park to her bucket list.

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