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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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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: It’s official. In Dallas, big changes are coming to the City Council after Saturday’s runoff elections. Three incumbents appear to have lost their seats, which represents a big shift on the 15-member body.

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The runoff election for several municipal races across North Texas is Saturday. There are three city council seats to decide in Dallas: in District 6 in West Dallas, Omar Narvaez faces incumbent Monica Alonzo.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says progress is being made in revitalizing southern Dallas. He credits his GrowSouth initiative in helping stimulate investment and development in communities south of Interstate 30 and the Trinity River. Still, the area faces many challenges.

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To help address youth unemployment in North Texas,  several companies recently gathered at the first-ever Dallas Opportunity Fair, a day-long hiring event to help local 16- to 24-year-olds find jobs.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallasite Rachel Lindsay debuts as the first black "Bachelorette"; only one North Texas barbecue joint makes Texas Monthly’s Top 10 list; West Dallas renters will now be able to buy their homes and avoid eviction; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Former President George W. Bush photobombs a sports reporter; eight people were trapped on a Six Flags Over Texas rollercoaster for three hours; U.S. Rep. Al Green gets lynching threats following calls for President Donald Trump's impeachment; and more.

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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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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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The federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price got underway today – and though the courtroom at the federal building in downtown Dallas was packed, the trial got off to a slow start.

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Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday morning in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price, the longtime Dallas County commissioner who is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain contracts.

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The Department of Homeland Security issued new guidelines Tuesday that would enforce President Donald Trump’s executive orders that crack down on illegal immigration. The directives, though, don’t affect one of the Obama administration’s landmark programs DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Former President Obama created it to keep approved young immigrants in the country.

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Jury selection starts Tuesday in the trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who faces charges of accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain projects. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas woman behind landmark abortion case dies; Texas election officials suggest hundreds may have voted improperly; marchers gather in downtown Dallas to support immigrants and refugees; and more.

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A vigil was held over the weekend in Dallas’ Vickery Meadow for a homeless refugee. Mohammad Adam died in his sleep while inside an art installation cube in the neighborhood on Jan. 15. Community advocates say his death points to a lack of support for refugees in Dallas.

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In January, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance led its annual homeless count. The final numbers aren't in, but advocates say they expect the numbers should be similar to last year’s – including the fact that in Dallas, the homeless population is disproportionately black.

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Fried chicken is king in Texas. But it doesn't just taste great — making the perfect fried chicken is in intricate science. And to get at that science, we got the help of three key players from the North Texas chicken scene, who broke down the physics of the fry.

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