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Sierra Pfeifer

Mental Health and Addiction Reporter

Sierra Pfeifer is a reporter covering mental health and addiction at KOSU. She joined KOSU in July 2024 as a corps member with Report for America, a GroundTruth initiative that places emerging journalists in newsrooms across the country.

Pfeifer is a native of Hillsborough, North Carolina and recently graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and Spanish. At UNC, Pfeifer was the audio editor for the student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel. She also served as the producer for Carolina Connection, a student-run radio show covering higher education, and worked as a reporter for local radio station 97.9 The Hill.

This year, Pfeifer participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio fellowship, where she produced a non-narrated audio story covering modern ties to “home” in the American South. She also won first place in the 2024 National Hearst Audio Competition for her news coverage.