Sara Israelsen-Hartley is a project reporter for the Deseret News where she covers societal and public health issues and their effects on the family. She's written on same-sex marriage, divorce reform, abortion, pornography, etc. During more than eight years with the Deseret News, she’s also covered education, city government, faith in the public square, as well as crime and the judicial system. In 2011, she was honored as the Best Newspaper Reporter by Utah’s Society of Professional Journalists. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, she lives in Bountiful with her husband, Jon, and their two rambunctious sons.
Mar 6, 2019 10:00 pm MSTThe power broker: Can conservative icon Gayle Ruzicka stay relevant in today's Republican party? Some say Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, is waning in power and influence. Others say she's just as relevant as she's ever been. Here's how the abortion fight may keep her voice as strong as ever.
Jan 11, 2019 5:00 am MSTQ&A: Jane Clayson Johnson talks about depression — her own, and what she learned by writing 'a record of resilience and survival' Breaking down misconceptions about mental health is only possible when people share their stories, like broadcast journalist and author Jane Clayson Johnson does in her new book, "Silent Souls Weeping: Depression, Sharing Stories, Finding Hope."
Nov 12, 2018 10:00 pm MSTCalled to serve: Finding hope and opportunity for early returned missionaries As part of a yearlong series on teens and anxiety, the Deseret News talked with mental health experts, former mission presidents, religious scholars and 20 returned missionaries who dealt with mental health challenges while serving.