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Stephanie Kuo

Adminstrative Producer, Reporter

Stephanie Kuo is an award-winning radio journalist currently working as a reporter and administrative producer at KERA, overseeing and coordinating editorial content reports and logistics for the Texas Station Collaborative – a statewide news consortium including KERA, KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.

Stephanie’s focus is on health/science/technology and on the intersection of poverty, homelessness and urban development. She's won awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Stephanie received a master's of science from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, in its radio program, and a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to KERA in 2015, she spent three years in New York, working as an editor and producer at WFUV in the Bronx, and reporting on urban issues, like hunger, homelessness and the impacts of gentrification. Stephanie is originally from Plano, Texas, and spends her free time at the gym or binge-watching television.

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On Jan. 25, hundreds of volunteers will descend onto Dallas and Collin County streets to count the number of people sleeping outside as part of the annual homeless “point-in-time” count, organized by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

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The National Weather Service says a winter storm system sweeping across the state will move out of North Texas this morning.

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Since 1993, fourth and fifth graders across Dallas have written and performed speeches inspired by civil rights leader Dr. King at the Gardere Martin Luther King Junior Oratory Competition.

This year, students answered the question: “What is your dream for today’s world?”

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In a scathing report released last week, a Dallas auditor criticized the city’s response to its growing homeless problem, saying city officials have done a poor job keeping track of the agencies that are tasked with helping the homeless.

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Once a year, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and The Stewpot downtown host “community court.” It’s an opportunity for homeless people to trade in tickets for community service, tickets issued for riding DART trains and buses without paying, for jaywalking — relatively minor offenses.

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Think about quintessential Texas cuisine. What comes to mind? Barbecue? Chili? Tex-Mex? How about chicken fried steak? Its roots are fuzzy, but most food historians agree, this iconic dish was born and bred in the Lone Star State.

Oct. 26 is Chicken Fried Steak Day in Texas – an official state holiday created in 2011 thanks to a pair of passionate Dallasites.

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This is not a ghost story.  But it’s a story about the ghost of a dream – a French dream – to build a colony for Frenchmen fleeing political and economic upheaval that began in Paris and swept across Europe in the late 1840s.

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HIV is no longer considered a death sentence in the United States, and people living with HIV are living longer. That’s largely thanks to antiretroviral drugs, which were first introduced 30 years ago.

As the earliest survivors are growing older, though, doctors are discovering new health challenges related to HIV.

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For the past few years, the Dallas Zoo has been trying to get an accurate blood pressure reading for their gorillas – without having to put them to sleep.

It’s part of a national effort across several accredited zoos to better understand cardiovascular health in apes to prevent heart disease in captivity.

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The Dallas school board has been looking at renaming schools now named after Confederate soldiers.

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The Dallas City Council has rejected a ban on taxpayer-funded trips to North Carolina and official dealings with businesses in the state.

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From the temporarily delayed Senate Bill 4, which cracks down on "sanctuary cities," to the decision to wind down a program that gives work permits to young people living in the country illegally, undocumented families in Texas are on edge.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a serious setback to the efforts toward reconfiguring Texas' congressional district map before next year's elections.

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Fort Worth estimates its cost to help with Hurricane Harvey will come to around $1 million.

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Seven people and their attacker are dead after a shooting at a home in Plano Sunday night.

A police officer, who shot the suspected gunman, was the first to arrive in response to reports of shots fired at the home on West Spring Creek Parkway near Custer Road.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Houston volunteer who died over the weekend was a DACA recipient; Beyoncé celebrates her 36th birthday; a Texas sushi bar gives back; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas takes in hundreds of new evacuees from Beaumont; Troy Aiken gets married; first responders from out of state try Whataburger for the first time; and more.

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A federal judge's decision to block the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill has immigration advocates in North Texas cheering — but the fight to stop the law is far from over.

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President Trump called the opioid crisis in the United States a national emergency last week, and Texas has joined a coalition of states to investigate the role pharmaceutical companies have played in creating and prolonging the epidemic.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will hold a press conference at noon Tuesday to address the white nationalist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three dead and several injured.

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Amid news about the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, came word of an anti-white supremacy rally planned for Dallas.

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Nearly half a million plant specimens that are native to Louisiana will soon take up residence at Fort Worth’s Botanical Research Institute of Texas – also known as BRIT.

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In Dallas’ refugee-rich Vickery Meadow neighborhood, there’s a group of artists that’s determined to change the conversation around women and race. These artists are young, but age doesn’t stand in their way.

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Cancer patients face special challenges in addition to the disease — like complications from chemotherapy and weakened immune systems.

Hospitals are recognizing that cancer patients need special emergency care, too.

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Business and tourism groups are continuing to speak out against the state’s so-called “bathroom bill,” being deliberated during the special legislative session that's underway.

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Homeland security has taken over the investigation into what police in San Antonio believe was a case of human smuggling. Nine people are now dead after they were found in a sweltering semi-trailer outside a Walmart Sunday.

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel ushered in a new era for cancer treatment last week. The panel unanimously recommended the approval of the first treatment to fight acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a common blood cancer in children – with a patient’s own cells.

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In North Texas, no place is booming like Plano. As sparkling new residential and retail hubs continue to sprout, companies like Toyota plan to bring in 15,000 new employees over the next year.

That’s a big business opportunity – and a big headache when it comes to moving all of those people around town.

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MegaFest, the four-day faith and family festival put on by Dallas Bishop T.D. Jakes, kicked off Wednesday morning. Organizers promise a bigger, better Megafest with a focus on bringing economic empowerment to under-served communities.

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A vote on the Senate's health care bill has been delayed until after the July 4 recess. If the bill is passed, it will roll back programs like Medicaid and Medicare, and the Congressional Budget Office predicts 22 million more people will be uninsured by 2026.

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