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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 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.
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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.

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.