Sadie Babits

Sadie Babits is Boise State Public Radio’s news director. She has nearly 15 years of experience working in public radio from hosting shows to reporting and editing.  Sadie got her start in public radio at BSPR as a student reporter while attending Boise State University. She became the station’s first news director years later.  She feels honored to lead the state’s premier public radio newsroom and to work with a talented team.

Sadie was the assistant news director for Colorado Public Radio. She also oversaw the station’s award winning public affairs program Colorado Matters. Sadie spent more than two and half years as a freelance journalist based in Portland, Oregon. She worked with Oregon Public Broadcasting as a fill in host and a relief editor. She also reported from Germany and Israel on renewable energy, and covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.  Sadie has also worked at Arizona Public Radio as a Morning Edition host and reporter.

Her work has aired on National Public Radio shows including Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as WBUR’s Only a Game, The Environment Report, PRI’s The World and American Public Media’s Marketplace.

Sadie’s a former International Reporting Project fellow, which took her to the East African country of Kenya to report on water crisis and sustainability issues. She is also the recipient of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism, a national award from the Society of Environment Journalists for her reporting on water in Kenya and numerous state specific and regional awards from her work in Colorado, Idaho and Arizona.

Sadie and her husband Nate are avid mountain bikers, nordic skiers and hikers. Their puppy Carter occassionaly visits the newsroom.

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