I'm a Colorado-based journalist focused on migration, borders, environmental conflicts, and rural communities in the western U.S. and Latin America, but I’m generally drawn to stories that explore the human experiences behind complicated issues. Since 2016, I’ve been a correspondent for High Country News, a non-profit magazine about the American West. My work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Hakai, Mother Jones, Slate, Guernica, and others. In 2016, I was a nonfiction fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.
I grew up in Toronto, studied literature at Williams College, and received an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University. Previously, I've worked as a newspaper reporter in Chile and as a scriptwriter for a documentary about mining conflicts in Peru. When I’m not writing, I enjoy riding my bicycle long distances, backcountry skiing, and scrambling up mountains. I’m currently based in western Colorado.
I’ve completed Hostile Environment and First Aid Training and am available for freelance writing assignments globally, narrative consulting, research and editing work, and adventures: sarahtory [at] gmail [dot] com