Stephanie Serrano

Mountain West News Bureau Reporter

Stephanie Serrano (she/her/ella) is an award-winning multimedia bilingual journalist based in Reno, Nevada. Her reporting is powered by character-driven stories and is rooted in sound-rich audio. Her storytelling works to share the experiences of unserved communities in regards to education, race, affordable housing and sports.

Most recently, her work was honored two 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for best sports reporting, which followed a resilient division 1 athlete who lives with type 1 diabetes, and continuing coverage on anti-Semitic incidents on a college campus. In 2018, Stephanie won a National Edward R. Murrow award for best sports reporting, which featured an immigrant soccer player and his connection with Spanish-speaking fans.

Stephanie is a former 2019 Radio Television Digital Association N.S. Bienstock fellow. As an alumna of NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, she now serves as a mentor. On top of journalism, she is a passionate digital illustrator and oil painter.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4:50 p.m. | November 24, 2020

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve Pleads With Residents To Follow New COVID-19 Restrictions, ‘Our Businesses Are Holding On By a Thread’
By Lucia Starbuck

In Nevada, nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 cases were identified this month, pushing Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak to impose new restrictions. The governor is calling it a “pause” — not a full shutdown.

A landscape with trees, hills and houses with smoke filling the air.
Jon Humbert

Editor's Note: As of Saturday, Nov. 21, KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog. For the most current information about the Pinehaven Fire, visit @RenoFireDept and @RenoPolice on Twitter or the City of Reno's website.

Una mujer mirando a la cámara con un collar hecho a mano
Christian Collins

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Tsanavi Spoonhunter es una galardonada directora de cine. Su documental “Crow Country: nuestro derecho a la soberanía alimentaria”, fue premiado recientemente como mejor cortometraje documental por el American Indian Film Festival. La película describe a miembros tribales de la reserva nativa Crow en Montana y sus luchas por mantener la seguridad alimentaria.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6:50 p.m. | November 17, 2020

Washoe County Reports Two COVID-19-Related Deaths, 230 New Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported two COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, a woman and man in their 80s, both with underlying health conditions. There are now 222 COVID-19-related deaths in the county.

Officials are also reporting 230 additional cases of COVID-19 today and 102 recoveries.

KUNR 2020 election blog. An illustrated silhouette of the state of Nevada with a red and blue striped background.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

As of Nov. 17, this blog will no longer be updated. For related articles, please visit our 2020 election webpage.

KUNR’s 2020 Election Blog is a space for updates throughout Election Day and night, as well as short articles based on conversations our reporters have had with community members and local stakeholders to provide greater context to the election process. Because of the heavy reliance on mail-in voting this election due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may not be final results for some races on election night in 2020. We will post results and updates to this blog as they come in.

A woman stares into the camera. She is standing and wearing a delicate Native American handmade necklace.
Christian Collins

Tsanavi Spoonhunter is an award-winning film director. Her documentary Crow Country: Our Right To Food Sovereignty was recently awarded best documentary short by the American Indian Film Festival. The film profiles tribal members of the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana and their struggles to retain food security. 

Jugadores de fútbol arrodillados en el pasto en una cancha al aire libre.
David Calvert

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El equipo de la United Soccer League de Reno, Reno 1868 FC, anunció el viernes 5 de noviembre que dejaría de operar después de la temporada 2020.

Una ilustración de múltiples personas con mascarillas.
Angelina Bambina / Adobe Stock

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El grupo de trabajo COVID-19 de Nevada compartió más detalles el jueves 5 de noviembre sobre el plan del estado para implementar una vacuna. El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos planea distribuirla en tres fases.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5:14 p.m. | November 10, 2020

Washoe County Reports Four COVID-19-Related Deaths, Testing Only Available For Symptomatic Residents
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported four COVID-19-related deaths today, including four men, one in his 70s, two in their 80s and one in his 90s. Officials also reported 263 new cases of COVID-19 and 265 recoveries.

Soccer players are kneeling in a semi-circle formation on a grassy field.
David Calvert

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Reno’s United Soccer League team, Reno 1868 FC, announced Friday it would cease operations following the 2020 season.

Illustration of a series of people in rows. Each person is wearing a face mask.
Angelina Bambina / Adobe Stock

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Nevada’s COVID-19 Task Force shared more details Thursday about the state’s plan to roll out a vaccine. The Department of Health and Human Services plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine in three phases.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5:17 p.m. | November 3, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported almost 250 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Health officials are also reporting just over 100 recoveries. There are now over 2,400 active cases and over 14,100 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

A young woman smiles at the camera as she waits in line to early vote. She is wearing a facial mask.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

During this year's presidential election, Nevadans had three ways to cast their vote. They could mail in their ballot, drop it off or vote in person.

A screenshot showing several young leaders of a virtual event.
SCREENSHOT / The Nevada Native Youth Council VIA ZOOM

With just a few days ahead of the 2020 general election, young Native Americans in Nevada took the time to speak with Patricia Ackerman, Nevada Congressional candidate for District 2, about the different issues Indigenous Peoples are facing around the state. 

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5:50 p.m. | October 27, 2020

Nevada Task Force, Washoe County To Meet After Virus Surge
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada coronavirus task force has called an emergency meeting with the Washoe County Health District to address the county's plan to manage an increasing surge in confirmed coronavirus cases. 

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

3:57 p.m. | October 20, 2020

Washoe County Reports 143 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County is reporting 143 new COVID-19 cases today and 51 recoveries. There are 1,526 active cases of COVID-19, the highest the county has seen. 

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5:28 p.m. | October 13, 2020

Nevada Reports 487 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 487 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 10 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

Como votar por correo en Nevada. Ilustración de un camión de correo.
Ilustrado por Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

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Nota para el usuario: Si accede a esta información con un lector de pantalla o una tecnología de asistencia relacionada, por favor continúe con el párrafo titulado "Cómo completar su boleta" para obtener una transcripción de la siguiente infografía.

Para votar por correo regístrese en línea antes del 15 de octubre. Votación anticipada del 17 al 30 de octubre. Día de las elecciones, el 3 de noviembre.

Nevada mail-in voting. Here's what to know. Illustration of a mail truck.
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

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User note: If you are accessing this information with a screen reader or related assistive technology, please continue to the paragraph titled “Filling Out Your Ballot” for a transcription of the following infographics.

This illustrated mail-in voting guide is based on reporting from Stephanie Serrano and Natalie Van Hoozer regarding the Nevada 2020 general election. To learn about the state's voting process in detail visit their past reporting here.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

7:00 p.m. | October 6, 2020

Nevada Reports 479 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 479 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported six additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

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