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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 newly formed Texas Station Collaborative – a news network between KERA, KUT, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.

Stephanie’s focus is 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 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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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Literacy experts came together in Fort Worth Thursday to talk about getting younger kids to read and getting their parents involved in the process.

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For a parent, battling cancer is tough enough. Having to explain it to your kids can be a whole other challenge. That's why Baylor Scott & White Health has created a program that helps terminally ill parents talk to their young children about disease, treatment and death. A Dallas mother turned to Baylor specialists for help telling her son she had breast cancer.

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On any given day, about 5,000 inmates are held in Dallas County’s Lew Sterrett Justice Center. A third of them have some kind of mental illness.

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Frisco Superintendent Jeremy Lyon responded sharply to questions about Liberty High School's prayer room Friday, calling a letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office "a publicity stunt."

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Abandoned calls are behind 911 wait times; Texas Republican says there’s no need for bathroom bill; Buc-ee’s sues Nebraska-based Bucky’s for trying to expand into Texas; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Dallas legislator wants to crowdfund for testing rape kits; Willie Nelson makes a surprise appearance at SXSW; Texas teen is struck and killed by train during a fashion photo shoot; and more.

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Over the past month, Baylor Scott & White Health has been distributing free diabetic shoes to its uninsured, low-income patients to combat and prevent what doctors see as a diabetes crisis in North Texas. The shoe distribution is just one part of a Baylor program that takes its own medical surplus and gives them to the needy at home and abroad.

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A new report shows the total number of people who are homeless in Dallas and Collin counties hasn’t changed much since last year – but that certain types of homelessness are on the rise. 

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Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, spoke at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser Wednesday in Fort Worth. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside to express disappointment in Bush’s involvement.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Two North Texas lawmakers took a break from the legislative session to share a stage in Dallas Friday morning. Republican Senator Don Huffines and Democratic Representative Rafael Anchia debated a range of hot button issues being considered in Austin.

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