Hi! Nice to meet you! (You know, if you consider reading things about me on the internet as meeting me… which let’s be real. It pretty much is.) I’m Stephanie, but I like to go by Steph. It’s simple. Punchy. Memorable. Also only one syllable. I consider myself funny, quirky and blunt. I love my family and friends. I’m passionate about food. Impeccable grammar and impeccable makeup give me life.
I definitely wear leggings as pants. I like to talk a lot and I also like to express myself through my creativity. Hence why I fell in love with dramatic arts. And… hence why entered college as a drama major. But it wasn’t as fulfilling as I thought it would be. I didn’t like being a passive voice in a story someone else created… so, one day I found my place in UNC’s School of Media and Journalism. Specifically, on the broadcasting track. And even more specifically, in radio. Why? Because writing and producing for radio challenges me every single day. You only have your voice, your sources and natural sound to work with. And you have to use your creativity to make it into a story. So, I found a constant companion in NPR. And why I applied for my first internship with a local Clear Channel affiliate in summer 2014. It was good working in radio for the first time because even though the talk show I interned for was entertainment based, I learned that I was meant for something a little more news-oriented. I spent the next year learning strictly about news radio. I got to cover a ton of stuff, especially after I found Carolina Connection (UNC’s student radio newscast.) Some things were harder to cover than others… but one of the stories I produced won third place in a Broadcasting Education Association competition. And in summer 2015, I spent it partially at a storytelling conference at Yale. I spent the other part as a news intern at WBHM – Birmingham, Alabama’s NPR affiliate. What this taught me was that news was definitely my happy place. I have since spent time doing freelance research for a story that landed in the New Yorker and doing a tape synch project for NPR. I am currently a producer for Carolina Connection. I’m involved with the biggest student-run philanthropy in the state of North Carolina, Carolina For The Kids.I help to raise money supporting the patients and families for UNC Children’s Hospital by coordinating photo and video coverage for our organization. I was working two jobs until recently – one at Chick-fil-A and one as an assistant at the UNC Department of Dramatic Art. But now I’m only working for the latter. Just more hours than before. And, I want to work in radio. You can listen to my stories and contact me here on my website.