Sarah Varney covers health for KQED's statewide news programs "The California Report" and "Health Dialogues." She began reporting for KQED in 2002 and has covered a range of subjects and stories - from the ethics, politics and science of stem cell research to the religious and legal challenges over gay marriage to the inside workings of baseball park food vendors. As KQED's health reporter, Varney looks at how decisions about immigration, health care coverage and access, the environment, transportation and energy policy, land use, education funding, business and agricultural practices, and other issues affect the health of Californians, especially the state's most vulnerable populations.
Varney reports regularly for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," "Day to Day," and "All Things Considered." Her work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Northern California Radio and Television News Director Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. In 2003, Varney earned a commission from the Third Coast Audio Festival to produce an experimental soundscape presented in Chicago.
Before joining KQED, Varney was a senior consultant at a San Francisco-based strategy consulting firm, and prior to that led the business development team at a startup market research firm. Varney grew up in rural New Hampshire and earned her B.A. in political science from Brown University. An avid traveler, Varney has trekked through East Africa, the Jammu and Kashmir region of India, and the then-Soviet Union.