The Outlier Team

Sarah Alvarez, Founder and Lead Reporter

Sarah started her career in civil rights law in New York but is much happier as a journalist than she ever was as a lawyer. Before founding Outlier she worked as a public radio producer and reporter at Michigan Radio covering issues important to low-income families, child welfare and disability. Sarah developed Outlier’s model after years of trying to figure out how journalists could do a better job filling information gaps and increasing accountability to low-income news consumers. A 2015 JSK Fellow at Stanford University, Sarah is past Third Coast Conference New Voices Scholar and member of the Association of Independents in Radio. She currently lives in northwest Detroit.

To get in touch with Sarah, contact her at or 313-643-5508.

Our community

Outlier is a fiscally sponsored project of Investigative Reporters and Editors. We are generous for the generous grant support from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, News Integrity Initiative, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Democracy Fund. This project was initially supported by a pilot grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Our work would not be possible without the help, support, and brainpower of public service minded journalists. Most importantly, we work to serve and learn alongside our news consumers in Detroit.

Outlier owes a particular debt of gratitude to the JSK Fellowship at Stanford University, Kimberly Springer, James Hamilton, Dawn Garcia, Jim Bettinger, Aaron Glantz, Andrew Haeg, Jennifer Brandel, and the crew at Michigan Radio; in particular Tamar Charney, Sarah Hulett, Vince Duffy, Jennifer Guerra, Dustin Dwyer, and Brittany Bartkoviak.

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