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Sarah Lai Stirland

Associate News Producer

Sarah Lai Stirland is a freelance journalist and editor living in the South Bay. Her reporting background is in technology, science writing, law and policy. For the past few years, she's written about issues related to aging.

She has a wide range of interests, and one of her developing ones is child development and parenting. She's originally from Hong Kong and England.

Sarah was a fellow in KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020. She's now an associate news producer.

When Will This End / Nursing Home Safety / Food Bank Adjustments / Pride Cancelled

When Will This End

Governor Gavin Newsom held a much-anticipated news conference, today, at which we expected he’d talk about the question on everybody’s mind: “When are we going to see some of these stay at home orders lifted?”

Coronavirus Curve / BART And Muni Service Updates / Emergency Rules For Court Procedures

Courtesy of Sejal Doshi

When Governor Gavin Newsom issued his shelter-in-place order in mid-March, he said the elderly need to stay at home alone. Research has shown that loneliness can be as deadly as many other diseases. We checked in to see what seniors are doing to stay connected while staying safe.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is stripping down its MUNI bus service to just 17 lines it deems essential for workers to get across the city.

Numbers update / Private lab regulations / Transit agency adjustments

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Several local Bay Area health offices issued an order today that requires private labs to report all of their testing results to public health authorities. Labs need to report the results within an hour. Also, they are required to report "information that allows health officials to better locate the person tested.”


Lisa Morehouse / KALW

Bay Area residents tried to enjoy their Sunday as much as possible, pursuing many of their usual activities despite shelter-in-place restrictions.

Sarah Lai Stirland

In anticipation of a possible social shutdown, some shoppers at India Cash & Carry in San Jose stocked up on toilet paper and other supplies, while others went about their business as usual.

Sarah Lai Stirland

There’s less an week left  before Californians head to the polls on Super Tuesday. To get a sense of where Bay Area voters stand, we sent KALW’s Sarah Lai Stirland out to a Democratic debate party at a pizza joint on the Peninsula.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Nastassya Saad wonders about the origins of the world-famous moniker for the South Bay.

Photo by Joseph Thornton via Flickr, used under CC BY-SA 2.0

An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla Model X hit a concrete barrier had complained before his death that the SUV’s Autopilot system would malfunction in the area where the crash happened.

Sarah Lai Stirland

The City of Oakland was scheduled to open its third RV safe parking site Monday, but unhoused residents remain at their encampment. KALW’s Sarah Lai Stirland reports.

Santa Clara County


You’ve probably been flooded with information on social media about a new coronavirus that’s emerged from the central Chinese city of Wuhan. To cut through all the noise, KALW has a local update.

Sarah Lai Stirland

‘Tis the season when we see houses bedecked in lights and hear hecka holiday songs wherever we go. One place where the sights and sounds of the season are concentrated is what’s known as Christmas Tree Lane.

Ben Trefny / KALW

An update from KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020:

There’s a piece of paper that I’ve kept through my career because I was so struck by the concepts and goals that were printed on it. I try to keep them in mind as I pursue my stories.

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The median home sales price in San Francisco is $1.35 million. The median rent of a one bedroom apartment is $3,700 per month. It’s a lot of money.