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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.

People are driving up to a mobile food bank to pick up food.
Aramelle Wheeler / Food Bank of Northern Nevada

The pandemic's economic toll has left many in the Mountain West struggling to feed their families. In fact, Nevada and New Mexico have some of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the country, according to a report published last fall by the nonprofit Feeding America.

A digital screenshot of the Death Valley home page on the new National Parks Service App.
Screenshot / National Parks Service App

The National Park Service just dropped an early version of its new app.

A skier standing at the bottom of a slope. They are holding their skis, one in each hand, while smiling.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation

Aspen, Colo., has agreed to host the 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships in March after the original host city in China canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Several medical masks on a table.
Maridav / Adobe Stock

As highly contagious coronavirus variants spread, health experts in the Mountain West and beyond are urging people to upgrade and double up their masks.

A group of people standing out side and holding protest signs.
Victoria Pickering / Flickr Creative Commons

As soon as President Joe Biden stepped foot in the White House, he signed numerous executive orders, including one that calls on Congress to pass the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.

A hand holding a stack of reusable, fabric face masks.
Vera Davidova / Unsplash

As President Joe Biden calls for a 100-day mask challenge, a new study finds the majority of adults in the U.S. still don't wear masks consistently when they socialize with people outside of their household.

A close-up image of a bald eagle in flight.
Jeff Bleam

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

An outdoor area where homeless people were staying full of tents and blankets.
Stephanie Serrano

A new report finds that pandemic-related job loss will cause twice as much chronic homelessness than the 2008 Great Recession, with Latinos and African Americans especially vulnerable.

Un grupo de estudiantes de medicina posa frente a la cámara distanciados socialmente.
Nevada Public Health Training Center

Read in English.

Dulce Leyva es una rastreadora de contactos bilingüe quien vive en Reno, Nevada. Su trabajo consiste en comunicarse con quienes han dado positivo al coronavirus y asegurarse de que se están aislando.

A close-up image of a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

A color coded US map highlighting different rural areas that do not have pharmacies designated to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
Screenshot / RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis

When the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will partner with retail pharmacies such as Costco and Walgreen to help distribute them. But a new analysis of rural counties finds that as many as 750 counties don't have one of those pharmacies.

Several people wearing masks standing on a stair case looking at the camera.
Courtesy of the Nevada Public Health Training Center's COVID-19 Crew

Dulce Leyva is a bilingual contact tracer who lives in Reno, Nevada. Her job is to reach out to people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and make sure they're self-isolating. And she tries to help them remember who they've been around and could have been exposed to the virus.

An investigator is examining the snow pack of an avalanche on a mountain.
Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Avalanches in the Rocky Mountains killed four people late last week, three in Colorado and one in Wyoming. Drew Hardesty is with the Utah Avalanche Center. He says it's been a fairly dry early season for many states around the West.

Three men installing solar panels.

It's been a tough year for gas and oil prices, but solar power has seen steady growth during this pandemic year. 

5:26 p.m. | December 15, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported six COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday. The individuals are aged between their 70s and their 90s. Each individual had underlying health conditions. The new death total is 378.

An illustration of a human mouth opening while it releases contaminated aerosol particles.
Elena Abrazhevich / Adobe Stock

Indoor dining is allowed across the Mountain West. But new research shows that even with current social distancing guidelines, the coronavirus can spread easily inside restaurants.

The Governor of Nevada is pictured wearing a facial mask. He is looking away from the camera.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak held a press conference Sunday afternoon updating Nevadans on several COVID-19 mitigation efforts. He also reinstated the state’s eviction moratorium.

Exterior of a Baptist church with gothic-inspired architecture.
Steven Martin / Flickr Creative Commons

New Mexico and Colorado put limitations in place back in the spring and summer, respectively. And Nevada recently tightened its capacity restrictions even further to 25%. 

9:21 p.m. | December 8, 2020

Washoe County To Receive 3,655 Doses In Initial Shipment Of COVID-19 Vaccine
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada is slated to receive 164,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in December.

Washoe will receive 32,000 doses.

Soil scientists huddled together in a forest listening to an instructor.

Governors across the West are asking for federal support to ensure that wildfire restoration becomes a priority, just like wildfire suppression and mitigation efforts.