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.  

Un letrero de madera en una ventana que dice, "Lo siento, estamos cerrados".
MARCO DERKSEN / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

El estado de Nevada está viendo un aumento en los nuevos reclamos de desempleo debido a los cierres de negocios anunciados por el gobernador Steve Sisolak. Varias personas dicen que les está resultando difícil solicitar el desempleo por el aumento de las solicitudes.

 

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A wooden sign in a window that says, "Sorry, we're closed."
Marco Derksen / Flickr Creative Commons

Nevada is seeing a surge in new unemployment claims because of business closures. Several locals said they are finding it hard to file for unemployment with the uptick in filing.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Stevie Tavener said, "Finding different breathing patterns or different things we can do to stay present in the moment. Things are changing hourly, so we kind of just have to stay as present as possible and that's what I'm focusing on most."
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

Many Nevadans working in the service industry, who have the opportunity to file for unemployment, are currently in the process of doing so after the mandated statewide closure of all non-essential businesses for 30 days. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to two Reno locals who have been impacted.

An empty cafe with two tables and a couple chairs.
Pangolin Cafe

As coronavirus social distancing continues to be encouraged in Nevada by local and state officials, a mandatory 30-day closure of non-essential businesses statewide has been issued by Governor Steve Sisolak.

Unprecedented changes and new public gathering restrictions have left small business owners questioning their future.

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

For recent updates on Coronavirus in Nevada, visit our updates and resources webpage.

Coronavirus In Nevada Updates: Wednesday, March 18

10:17 p.m. PDT | March 18, 2020
By Michelle Billman

State Total Of COVID-19 Cases Hits 85

Piles of trash stacked up next to a railroad.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

The City of Reno dismantled an encampment that was home to nearly 175 people after a health violation was issued by the Washoe County Health District. Many people were removed with only their most valuable possessions. Today we hear from the man who leads the River Cleanup Crew, which had to organize a clean-up of 400 yards of leftover belongings and trash in three days. 

Several tents are being dismantled.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR Public Radio

137 tents that were turned into homes by people living on the streets of Reno were removed by law enforcement on Wednesday, March 4.

Editor's note: this story contains adult language. 

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

For recent updates on Coronavirus in Nevada, visit our updates and resources webpage.

Southern Nevada Health District Announces Three New Positive Cases Of COVID-19
A Total Of Five Presumptive Positive Cases Reported In Clark County

A panoramic photo. There are several rows of long tables with people sitting down and talking.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

Presidential hopeful and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders came in first place in Nevada’s Democratic caucus over the weekend, but at least one precinct in Reno, Nevada had Spanish translation issues.

Illustration of an assault style gun.
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

Nevada is home to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. As the caucus approaches, gun reform is one key issue that Democratic presidential candidates are addressing. KUNR’s Paul Boger sat down with Stephanie Serrano to break down what we know about their policies.

Una Guía: Cómo Participar En El Caucus De Nevada

Feb 19, 2020

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

The Nevada State Democratic Party has announced the digital tool it will be using to count its caucus results. 

Presidential hopeful Tom Steyer is the first candidate to visit the Silver State since New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday. He joined Fernley locals for a breakfast meet and greet on Wednesday.

Megaphone exclaiming Nevada Caucus. Silhouettes of people drawn toward the shape of Nevada. The American flag is placed behind this scene.
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

Nevada’s Democratic Party is the first in the country to offer early caucusing.

Mike Kazmierski stands on stage to give a presentation.
Kaleb M. Roedel / Nevada News Group

Nevada is one of the fastest growing states in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but that growth comes with challenges.

A pedestrian walk sign in a Reno neighborhood.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

25 Washoe County students have been struck by vehicles since August. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with MJ Cloud to understand what’s going on. Cloud was a police officer for 25 years and now she’s the district’s Safe Routes to School coordinator.

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