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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.

A close up of a wheat plant in a field of crops.
Scott Butner / Flickr Creative Commons

Heat waves induced by climate change will threaten future agricultural crops at a faster rate than gradual global warming, according to a new study published in the Journal of the European Economic Association. Steve Miller, a UC Boulder assistant professor of environmental studies, was a lead researcher in the study.

Michelle Matus / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Apr. 5, 2021.

A garden of bell peppers.
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The pandemic prompted a ton of people who were stuck at home to explore the world of gardening for the first time, and an upcoming webinar series aims to cultivate even more budding backyard growers.

An image of a young black bear.
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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Mar. 29, 2021.

An American flag at half staff.
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It's been a traumatic year. The pandemic. Social justice protests in response to police brutality. An insurrection at the nation's capital. Now our nation is dealing with two mass shootings.

Una mujer abraza a su sobrino
Foto cortesía de Rudy Aguilar

La pandemia de la COVID-19 ha cobrado la vida de más de 20,000 personas en todo el Oeste Montañoso. Una de ellas fue la de Belarmina Martínez, madre de ocho hijos y tía de casi 20 sobrinos. Lo que más le gustaba era su familia, la comida — y el baile.

David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021.

A charging port connected to an electric vehicle.
Ivan Radic / Flickr Creative Commons

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Mar. 22, 2021.

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A new campaign is putting pressure on Facebook to combat Spanish-language misinformation.

A man is standing on a ladder while cutting down a basketball net from the rim.
Photo courtesy of Kevin DeVries / Wyoming Athletics

After last year's COVID-19 cancellations, the NCAA basketball tournaments are back, and one women's team in the Mountain West is making history.

 A zoomed in picture of a person's hand holding a phone scrolling through Facebook.
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Last month, almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook cracked down on vaccine misinformation.

A butterfly sitting on a flower.
Jeffrey Glassberg / North American Butterfly Association

Yet another study is showing an alarming decline in butterflies across the warming American West.

A woman and man pose for a picture.
Photo courtesy of Rudy Aguilar

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of more than 20,000 people across the Mountain West. One of those people was Belarmina Martinez, a mother of eight and an aunt to nearly 20 nieces and nephews. She loved her family, food and dancing the most.

Assemblyman Howard Watts is wearing a suit and face mask. He is writing on a paper pad while standing in the Assembly Chamber.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021.

A photo of a single use mask.
Adobe Stock

Last week, Texas joined Montana and a handful of other states in lifting its statewide mask mandate, a move that runs counter to warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A close-up image of a handgun.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021.

A picture of a virus like structure made out of a ball and pins being injected by a syringe.
Ivan Diaz / Unsplash

Over the weekend, the FDA approved a third COVID-19 vaccine. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe disease, promises to boost inoculation rates in Mountain West states, including rural areas. 

An image of University of Nevada, Reno Men's Basketball Sophomore Grant Sherfield.
University of Nevada, Reno

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

A bar graph with the percent of people vaccinated in America by race and ethnicity. White, non-Hispanic individuals are part of the largest group at 64.2 percent and American Indian, Alaska Native, non-Hispanic individuals are the smallest at 1.7 percent.
Screenshot / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Latino and Black people are generally more vulnerable to COVID-19, yet they remain far less likely to have received a vaccine, according to the latest demographic data from the CDC.

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.