Sarah is a multimedia journalist based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her expertise is radio, but she is also handy when it comes to video and print mediums as well. While Canada serves as a home base, she also travels through the Middle East and Europe looking for new stories to tell.
Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world — only beaten out by the Vatican — and it is also one of the most densely populated. On top of that, it's one of the richest. So what do you do when you're short on space and money is no object? You build land and condos right into the sea.
It has been the hardest time in recent memory to be a humanitarian worker in Europe, as thousands of migrants and refugees have flooded through each country. But in Hungary, employees of non-governmental organizations are facing the possibility of prison terms just for doing their jobs. The national assembly in Hungary has passed a package of laws called the Stop Soros bill.
Sept. 2, 2017 -- Garth Brooks fever is spreading across Calgary... and fast. The country music superstar is playing his second and third shows today with his wife Trisha Yearwood. And as Sarah Lawrynuik reports, Calgary was one of the priority cities to come back to on this tour.
Sept. 12, 2017 The Kenow wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park has taken a turn for the worst and expanded. The blaze forced rural residents from their homes in the middle of the night. Sarah Lawrynuik has been on the ground through the night following the story....
June 2017 - Graphic testimony in the form of a confession video showed before the court on the 7th day of the trial. A live-to-tape reporter debrief.
Feb. 2017 - A Calgary-based mining company says its operation will quadruple in size within 12 months — thanks to prehistoric squid-like creatures transformed into gemstones that can only be found in one spot in the world, southern Alberta.
This occurred on Feb. 8, 2017 - A man has been taken into custody after police say shots were fired at two police officers in Pincher Creek, Alta., prompting officials to take the unusual step of closing schools, municipal buildings and some streets, and warning the public to stay away from the town. No injuries were reported in the emergency, which stretched on for hours in the town of about 3,600 residents 215 kilometres southwest of Calgary.
From Dec. 2016 - It takes less than an hour to drive the stretch of highway between the cities of Erbil and Mosul in Iraq — equivalent to the distance between Moose Jaw to Regina. Mosul is a city still under siege as Iraqi security forces fight to regain control. CBC producer Sarah Lawrynuik recently travelled to Iraq, on her own time, to see for herself how people there are coping. This documentary aired nationally in Canada on CBC's flagship radio show "The Current".
July 24, 2017 - This story aired nationally in Canada on CBC's World Report. The political hangover in Alberta is palpable after the shakeup caused by Wildrose and Progressive Conservative members voting to merge and form the United Conservative Party. Many went home ecstatic that victory in the 2019 election now seems within reach with the united conservative front, but others are having a much different reaction to the news.
From May 2017 - Amanda Jensen will never forget the day she learned her six-year-old son Jake had leukemia — a heartbreaking moment made worse by the subsequent chain of events which left her without a job. Two weeks after this story aired proposed legislation was put before the Alberta legislature to have these laws changed. Amanda Jensen was in the legislature on that day to introduce the new bill with the Minister of Labour.
From June 2017 - The Crown and defence presented their arguments in a high-profile triple murder trial in Lethbridge, Alberta. This debrief was filed using a MOJO (mobile journalism) kit, shot on an iPhone 6S. It aired nationally in Canada on CBC's News Network.