Sierra Leone Starks Sierra Starks is a freelance journalist based in Seattle. She started her career in women's magazines, before working in TV news as a reporter/anchor. She has since traded live shots for a full-time gig at the Department of Defense as a social media and digital marketing strategist and also produces a U.S. Army-sponsored podcast. About Parents Parents, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for trustworthy, empathetic, and supportive information and inspiration for your families. We reach 9 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists, fact checked, and reviewed by our Expert Review Board for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.