Sarah Fentem

Reporter and Digital Producer, Side Effects

A native midwesterner, Sarah Fentem has been a radio reporter in Indiana for years, first at WFIU in Bloomington and later at WBAA in West Lafayette, where she covered health policy for the state's regional journalism collaborative. She specializes in reporting on the wonkier bits of health care: federal legislative changes, pharmaceutical prices and the individual health insurance market.


In addition to being a reporter, Sarah works as Side Effects' digital producer, editing stories for web, maintaining the website and social media feeds and managing other bits of the newsroom's daily grind.

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Aric Hartvig / WFYI

Syringe exchanges are a controversial concept. Even when they're successful at containing disease, they can be difficult to sell to the public. In Madison County, Indiana, residents' ethical concerns shut down a program, which was put in place to curb rates of hepatitis C.