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.  

A group of people having a virtual meeting.
Screenshot / NSHE via BlueJeans

Conversations about police brutality and systemic racism are continuing after the killing of George Floyd. The Nevada System of Higher Education is responding by making modifications to its campus policing and having conversations about discrimination on university campuses. During a NSHE town hall on these matters, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said the time for action is now.

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

7:51 p.m. | June 30, 2020

Nevada Reports More Than 500 Additional COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 562 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are now 507 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada. There have been nearly 323,000 COVID-19 tests performed in the state.

A woman pointing at a monitor while observing interactions between medical students and patients.
Gigi Guizado de Nathan / Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

An existing language gap between patients and health care workers has been further exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are working to close communication challenges in the university’s simulation lab.

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

7:23 p.m. | June 23, 2020

Nevada Sees Another Record Day Of COVID-19 Cases
By The Associated Press

A blank DACA immigration form.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR Public Radio

The Supreme Court will decide whether or not to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, as early as Thursday. DACA is a United States immigration policy that grants undocumented children brought to the U.S. at a young age a renewable two-year permit that protects them from deportation and grants them the opportunity to work legally. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke with Michael Shamoon, an attorney with UNLV’s immigration clinic, about the future of this program.

A mother smiling at the camera next to her two young children, a boy and a girl.
Courtesy of Cari Croghan

Dorothy Croghan is an 82-year-old retired teacher, mother and Reno resident. She attended a recent peace vigil in Reno held by Black Lives Matter organizers protesting police brutality. In this audio postcard, she shares her memories growing up as a Black woman in the United States. Her story begins in North Carolina.

Editor's Note: This story contains racial slurs.

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

7:32 p.m. | June 16, 2020

Nevada Reports Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Case Jump
By Lucia Starbuck

A boy holds a black lives matter poster.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR Public Radio

Hundreds of people spent their Sunday evening participating in a peace vigil in downtown Reno. Black Lives Matter activists organized the event to allow people to speak, listen, and heal as the community continues to protest against police brutality. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there and has this story.

As a note of disclosure, this story contains mentions of offensive racial slurs.

People holding a Black Lives Matter Banner.
Rajid Selim

Reno resident Rajid Selim decided to photograph the events that occurred in Reno last weekend: both the peaceful protest against police brutality and the rioting that followed. He shares his account of those events as well as previous experiences of racism he has endured. As a warning, this story contains offensive racial slurs as well as accounts of rioting and may not be suitable for all listeners and viewers.

A woman holding a sign at a protest against police brutality.
This Is Reno

Lela Gnuse is a local activist who is immunocompromised and, despite the pandemic, is leading the effort to organize events in Reno honoring black lives and protesting police brutality. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to her about her experiences as a black woman and what to expect from a peace vigil organized for Sunday.

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

7:08 p.m. | June 9, 2020

Nevada Reports Highest Spike Of New COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

Exterior of the Reno City Hall building
Jana Sayson

Much of the Reno City Council is up for reelection this fall, and multiple incumbents will have to make it past the June primary in order to be on the ballot in November. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to Bob Conrad with This Is Reno to break down those races.

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

8:24 p.m. | June 2, 2020

More Than 176,000 COVID-19 Tests Performed Statewide
By Lucia Starbuck

An aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip at night.
Thomas Hawk / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Steve Sisolak announced Nevada’s path to phase 2 of reopening, which will begin on Friday, May 29. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano breaks down the details with News Director Michelle Billman.

Un campo de hierba alta.
Mona / Flickr Creative Commons

La Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos aprobó una nueva legislación de ayuda para el COVID-19 que elimina algunas restricciones para recibir asistencia financiera, como el requisito de tener un número de seguro social. Stephanie Serrano de KUNR habló con una residente de Nevada que no es elegible para la ayuda federal, al menos en la primera vuelta, debido al estatus migratorio de su marido, y ahora espera la decisión del Senado.

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

10:10 p.m. | May 26, 2020

Nevada Can Enter Phase 2 Of Reopening Process Friday

By Michelle Billman

A field of tall hay.
Mona / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. House of Representatives passed new COVID-19 relief legislation that drops some restrictions to receiving aid, like requiring a social security number. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to a Nevada resident who was ineligible for federal aid in the first go-around due to her husband's immigration status and is awaiting the Senate’s decision.

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

8:23 p.m. | May 19, 2020

Washoe Co. Health Officials Say More Cases Indicate Community Spread
By Danna O'Connor

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

10:08 p.m. | May 12, 2020

Washoe Co. Reports 40th COVID-19 Death Tuesday

By Bree Zender

Un documento de solicitud.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR Public Radio

Read in English.

Decenas de miles de beneficiarios con DACA están sintiendo un aumento de angustia emocional durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Oficiales del Sistema de Educación Superior de Nevada quieren extender su apoyo mediante la eliminación de la información falsa, esto mientras los beneficiarios esperan la decisión de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos sobre si rescindir o no la política.

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