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.