Sara Hoover, WHYY

Sara Hoover is a freelance reporter covering education issues for WHYY/Newsworks. Her print and public radio work has featured: gas station sushi, the world's longest serving bat boy, an online cremation urn business, an eco-friendly movie theater popcorn bag, and an entire college football team that joined the Marines at halftime. Sara graduated from Temple University (Go Owls!) with an English degree, earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis, and studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Her pieces have been featured on All Things Considered, Marketplace Morning Report, Publishers Weekly, The Metro, among others.

Latest by Sara Hoover, WHYY


Pennsylvania colleges face steep enrollment declines in 2026

Although the economy has recovered from the worst effects of the Great Recession in 2008, the birth rate hasn’t — and that decline is expected to catch up with schools in 2026.

By Sara Hoover, WHYY

Pa. school districts say later start times are boosting grades

More and more Pennsylvania school districts have been paying attention to the science of the sleep studies.
By Sara Hoover, WHYY

Furloughed federal workers protest shutdown near Liberty Bell

"I’m out of a paycheck, so it’s just my wife’s paycheck and whatever we have leftover in savings to make ends meet.”
By Sara Hoover, WHYY


Creature comfort: Lock Haven opens dorm to pets, helping students de-stress

Three private colleges already have pet-friendly student housing in the commonwealth — Delaware Valley University in Bucks County, Washington & Jefferson College in Washington County and Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.

By Sara Hoover, WHYY