Stephanie Serrano

Bilingual Reporter

Stephanie Serrano is a Latina based in Reno, Nevada, the city where she was born and raised. She joins KUNR as its first bilingual journalist covering both the economy and community stories, with the goal of elevating the voices of everyday, local people. She is also a passionate illustrator and painter. Stephanie is a former NPR Next Generation Radio fellow, where she now contributes as a mentor.


As KUNR’s first bilingual student reporter, while earning her bachelor's from the Reynolds School of Journalism, she won a national Hearst award for her reporting on two first generation latinas on the path to a four-year college.


In 2018,  she won a national Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for best sports reporting. The feature highlighted an immigrant soccer player who uses his bilingualism to connect with his fans. The piece also won a regional Associated Press Television-Radio Association award.


Stephanie’s work is self-described as a large rainbow: a mix of colors, sounds and formats. Her storytelling is founded in multimedia feature reporting on topics including sports, immigration, sexual violence, arts and culture, homelessness, politics and business.


Proud daughter of immigrants, Stephanie honors speaking two languages because it gives her the opportunity to work with two communities at the same time, shining light on voices brave enough to speak their truth.

Her work has been published on KUNR and Noticero Móvil when her professional career launched in 2016.  

The Eddy House is the only youth homeless facility in Northern Nevada, and it's expanding later this month. As Nevada ranks highest in unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, the new facility will offer Reno its first 24-hour overnight shelter for young people. Listen as Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House, walked us through the new facility and explained how it's been designed to meet an individual's needs.

A woman stands behind a podium to ask members of the Community Homelessness Advisory Board a question at a public meeting.
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Soon local women, children and families experiencing homelessness will have their own shelter to stay in. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners has approved nearly $15 million to fund the Our Place Homeless Housing Project in Sparks. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano reports the shelter will have 265 beds.

2020 is almost here and that means a new decade is underway. Before we welcome in the New Year, KUNR’s Bree Zender and Stephanie Serrano traveled around Reno to see how the last decade went for people here in Northern Nevada. 

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Hundreds of voters gathered in Reno Monday night for Senator Bernie Sanders’ third visit to the Silver State. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there and spoke with regional voters.

The Washoe County School District Zoning Advisory Committee met Thursday to vote on proposed rezoning plans that will affect several Reno schools.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s forensics anthropology unit on the scene of the California Camp Fire.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Kyra Stull

November 8, 2019 marks the 1-year anniversary of the start of the Camp Fire in California, the most destructive and deadliest fire the state has ever experienced. A year ago, the University of Nevada, Reno’s forensic anthropology team was called on to help identify human remains. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Marin Pilloud and Kyra Stull who assisted a team of doctoral students, volunteering their expertise and time in Paradise.

Para muchos latinos en todo el mundo, el 1 de noviembre es el comienzo de dos días de festividad: el Día de los Muertos, una celebración para recibir a seres queridos que ya fallecieron con el fin de reunirlos de nuevo con los vivos.

For many Latinos around the world, Friday is the start of a two-day holiday: Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It’s a celebration to welcome back loved ones who have passed in order to reunite with the living. University of Nevada, Reno Senior Gabino Salinas is a first-generation Mexican-American and is celebrating the holiday for the first time. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to him about his experience.

Diana Tibaduiza’s youngest child is Valerie Tibaduiza. In her third grade classroom she is  currently writing fables. Her story takes place in Colombia with three piglets and a chick as her main characters .
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Diana Tibaduiza migrated to Reno from Colombia in the early 2000’s. Her early years in the states exposed her to a life of bullying and trauma as a young Latina learning English. Now, she's raising two first-generation American children who are currently enrolled in the Washoe County School District. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano spoke to Diana about how her hardships and culture shock shaped her motherhood.

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Aida Rodriguez is an Afro-Latina who uses her personal experiences to help heal people through laughter. She sat down with KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano to talk about her life as a female comedian.

The University of Nevada, Reno has seen a recent rash of hate messages on campus. And now, some in the community are working to hold the administration accountable.

Lydia Huerta is a professor at UNR, in the Race, Gender and Identity Department. She was born in the U.S., grew up in Mexico, and moved back to the states at the age of 15.

KUNR's Stephanie Serrano sat down with Huerta to talk about her experience during this tense time on campus.

Marc Johnson mingling at the reception following his annual university speech.
Stephanie Serrano

The head of the University of Nevada, Reno says the school is accomplishing a number of growth-related goals while at the same time working to address recent incidents involving white nationalism. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano reports.

Students gathered outside the Joe Crowley Student Union to protest Turning Point USA's Culture War event.
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A controversial conservative speaker sparked emotion and activity at the University of Nevada, Reno Monday night. But it wasn't just the speaker who was outspoken during the planned event.

KUNR's Paul Boger and Stephanie Serrano were there and have this report.

Nota de la editora: Esta nota fue publicada por KUNR y la versión original ha sido traducida y adaptada como parte de la colaboración entre KUNR y The Nevada Independent. 

The University of Nevada, Reno released the findings of its Speak Your Truth campus climate survey during two forums Wednesday. The results come as the campus is grappling with multiple expressions of hate that have recently occurred. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was at the forums and brought back some data and insight on how students are feeling.

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The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has approved an added lesson on sexual orientation and gender identity to the recently revised sexual education curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano has this report.

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In June, the Board of Trustees for the Washoe County School District approved five updated lessons, but a lesson on sexual orientation and gender identity was sent back to the committee to be revised. Rochelle Proctor is the district’s sexual education coordinator. She’s been working with a team of advisors for over a year redefining the district’s sex ed. high school curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to Proctor about the reasoning behind the curriculum changes and edits made to lesson 1.

David Calvert

As the Reno Aces wrap up their season, KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Emily Jaenson, the team’s general manager and the only female GM in Triple-A Baseball. In this conversation, Jaenson breaks down what it means to be a female leader and gives some highlights from this season.

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Last week, Galena High School in South Reno was ordered into a code red lockdown after a concerned parent called law enforcement to report a perceived threat. The lockdown was quickly lifted but caused a lot of concern. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Irene Payne, a district spokesperson, to break down what a code red means, along with discussing student and parent procedures.

 Megan and John Fikes describe their oldest son as a sweet and smart  boy who needs a constant challenge. The family has a backyard swing where Kaleb swings high without fear.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR Public Radio

In Washoe County, school started this week and some classrooms are back to learning in Spanish. Kaleb Fikes is one of those students. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano visited his family to learn more about their experience with bilingual immersion.