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.  

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

8:25 a.m. | September 19, 2020

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Un gráfico con tres fotos de la cabeza de los panelistas.
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Con el semestre de otoño en curso para las escuelas públicas de todo el estado, KUNR invitó a expertos en salud y educación a un evento de Facebook Live en español, en el que se respondieron preguntas de la comunidad. La reportera bilingüe Natalie Van Hoozer y moderé la sesión de preguntas y respuestas. Hablo con reportera bilingüe Stephanie Serrano, quien fue panelista del evento, para recapitular las principales conclusiones de la discusión.

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

7:30 p.m. | September 15, 2020

Nevada Reports 226 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 And 26 COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 226 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 26 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are nearly 1,500 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been more than 948,000 tests performed in the state.

Una niña se sienta en un escritorio mirando hacia adelante con un lápiz en la mano.
Elineriipers / Flickr Creative Commons

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Durante semanas los miembros de la comunidad han estado pidiendo a la junta de administradores del distrito escolar del condado de Washoe que establezca un umbral que haga uso de métricas específicas para determinar si el distrito detendría la instrucción en persona durante la pandemia y cuándo. Algunos fideicomisarios dijeron en una reunión el martes que no quieren adoptar una posición radical.

A student is sitting in a desk facing the front of a classroom and is holding a pencil down on a piece of paper.
Elineriipers / Flickr Creative Commons

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For weeks, community members have been asking the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees to set a threshold that would use specific metrics to determine if and when the district would stop in-person instruction during the pandemic. Some trustees said in a meeting Tuesday they do not want to draw a hard line.

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

6:49 p.m. | September 8, 2020

Washoe County Reports One COVID-19 Death Tuesday
By KUNR Staff

The Regional Information Center reported one additional COVID-19 death on Tuesday, a man in his 70s without underlying health conditions. The death toll in Washoe County is approaching 150 and nearly 7,800 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. The county also reported 42 new cases and 41 recoveries on Tuesday. 

Un profesor que usa una bolsa de basura como equipo de protección personal.
FOTO CORTESÍA DE UN MAESTRO DEL WCSD

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Maestros y estudiantes del condado de Washoe han regresado a los salones y ahora tratan de adaptarse a una nueva normalidad durante la pandemia de la COVID-19. El enfoque del distrito para reabrir las escuelas incluye la individualización de materiales y el mantenimiento del distanciamiento social en las clases, lo que podría ser un desafío único en los salones de educación especial. Stephanie Serrano de KUNR entrevistó a una maestra de escuela primaria y nos cuenta esta historia.

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

8:06 p.m. | September 1, 2020

Nevada Reports 405 Additional Cases of COVID-19 And 8 COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported just over 400 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported eight additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are over 1,300 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been more than 859,000 tests performed in the state.

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

7:09 p.m. | August 25, 2020

Nevada Reports 30 Additional COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 400 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 30 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are now 1,230 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been nearly 820,000 tests performed in the state.

A teacher in make-shift personal protective gear.
Photo Courtesy of a WCSD teacher

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Washoe County School teachers and students are returning to school and trying to adapt to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. The district's approach to reopening schools includes individualizing materials and maintaining social distance in the classroom, which might be uniquely challenging in special education classrooms. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano caught up with an elementary school special education teacher and has this story.

Un jugador de fútbol en el campo.
Foto cortesía de Lawson Hall.

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Los estudiantes atletas de color que sueñan con jugar a nivel universitario se enfrentan a la dura realidad de que la mayoría de los campus se encuentran en ciudades predominantemente blancas, como Reno. Encontrar un sentido de pertenencia puede ser difícil, pero muchos encuentran un santuario en un espacio privado, los vestidores. En algunos casos estos se convierten en su escape al racismo.

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

7:54 p.m. | August 18, 2020

Nevada Reports 25 New COVID-19 Deaths
By KUNR Staff

In Nevada, health officials reported 25 additional deaths Tuesday related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths above 1,100. More than 670 new positive cases were also noted, bringing the total number of cases above 62,000.

A football player playing defense on the field.
Photo Courtesy of Lawson Hall

The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly stopped spring sports earlier this year, and now, the Mountain West has announced it is postponing all fall sports. It's unclear if and when they will resume. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to Lawson Hall, an inside linebacker for the Wolf Pack, whose senior season is on the line.

A Nevada Football Player celebrates on the field.
Photo courtesy of Lawson Hall

Student-athletes of color chasing the dream to play at the college level are faced with the harsh reality that most college towns are in predominantly white cities, like Reno. Finding a sense of belonging can be hard, but many find a trusting community in private areas, like the locker room, and in some cases, it becomes a space to escape racism.

Editor's note: This story contains offensive and racist language. 

Consejores del Distrito Escolar de Washoe en una reunion virtual de Zoom.
El Distrito Escolar de Washoe via Zoom

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Una decisión inminente sobre si el Consejo de Administración del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Washoe cumpliría sus planes de volver a la instrucción en persona en otoño se decidió el martes 28 de julio por la noche. La decisión que se tomó fue de que los estudiantes, maestros y personal de apoyo volverán a la escuela en persona este otoño.

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

6:38 p.m. | August 4, 2020

Nevada National Guard Extended
By Noah Glick

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that hundreds of Nevada National Guardsmen will remain on duty through the rest of the year to help deal with the effects of COVID-19.

Una mujer monitoriza un laboratorio de simulación.
Cortesía de Gigi Guizado de Nathan /UNLV Simulation Center de Las Vegas

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La brecha idiomática entre pacientes y trabajadores de la salud, queda expuesta aún más durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Los estudiantes de medicina de la Universidad de Nevada en Las Vegas, trabajan para superar los desafíos de comunicación en un laboratorio de simulación de la universidad. 

School board members meeting on a Zoom call.
Screenshot / Washoe County School District Via Zoom

A looming decision on whether or not the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees would honor their plans to return to in-person learning in the fall was determined late Tuesday night. Students, teachers and supporting staff will be going back to school in person this fall.

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

8:06 p.m. | July 28, 2020

Nevada Reports More Than 1,000 Additional Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,105 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The department reported 20 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are now nearly 759 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been nearly 586,000 tests performed in the state.

Nevada's governor speaks into a microphone during a press conference.
Screenshot / Nevada State Press Conference Via YouTube

During Monday's press conference, Governor Steve Sisolak lifted bar restrictions for three Nevada counties but said he's shifting from educating Nevadans about COVID-19 protocols to enforcing them.

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