Stephanie Sy is a PBS NewsHour correspondent and serves as anchor of PBS NewsHour West. Throughout her career, she served in anchor and correspondent capacities for ABC News, Al Jazeera America, CBSN, CNN International, and PBS NewsHour Weekend. Prior to joining NewsHour, she was with Yahoo News where she anchored coverage of the 2018 Midterm Elections and reported from Donald Trump’s victory party on Election Day 2016.
Stephanie has been a foreign and domestic journalist for nearly two decades for national, international and local news outlets. She is the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award for her breaking news reports from the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 for ABC News. That year she also received a Business Emmy for her contributions to the ABC World News report “Global Food Crisis.”
At Al Jazeera America, Stephanie anchored the two-hour live morning program. While at the network, she was best known for anchoring major news events including the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba, and terrorist attacks in Europe. She was also one of the hosts of the network’s flagship interview program, Talk to Al Jazeera, for which her interview with Gloria Steinem was awarded a Gracie Award in 2015.
Stephanie started her career in local news, working for television stations in Norfolk, VA, and Florence, SC. As the military reporter for WTKR in Norfolk in 2003, Stephanie was dispatched to the Middle East to cover the invasion of Iraq. Her coverage of the war for the former NY Times Broadcast Group won her an Associated Press award. She later returned to Baghdad several times as a reporter for ABC affiliates.
Stephanie serves on the advisory board of Report for America, and has also been a host of Ethics Matter, a public affairs program by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. In 2015, she was awarded an Asian American Journalists Association “Mentor of the Year” Award.
Stephanie received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double-major in International Relations and Environmental Studies. She was born and raised in Southern California and has two children.
Stephanie’s Recent Stories
Arts Nov 29Remembering Virgil Abloh and how his path-blazing career influenced the fashion industry
The fashion world is mourning the loss of one of its most influential and contemporary Black designers, Virgil Abloh. The artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear, Abloh died yesterday at the age of 41 after battling a rare type of…
Health Nov 23Vaccinating minority communities remains a challenge amid rise in COVID cases
Since the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, more than two million children have been vaccinated. Public health officials are highlighting the importance of providing vaccines to low…
Nation Nov 22What we know about the Waukesha Christmas parade crash
Waukesha, a town outside Milwaukee is in mourning after a Sunday holiday procession took a sharp turn into tragedy. A man drove his vehicle over marchers in a Christmas parade, killing 5 and injuring 48. Stephanie Sy reports.
Health Nov 19COVID boosters and what you need to know before holiday gatherings
Starting this weekend, COVID-19 boosters will now be available for any of the three federally approved vaccines. At least 10 states had already made this change as COVID cases rose — climbing by 33 percent in the last two weeks.
World Nov 17What we know about tennis star Peng Shuai and China’s censorship of the #MeToo movement
One of China’s biggest sports stars, tennis champion Peng Shuai, appeared to publicly accuse a former top government official of sexual assault. As Stephanie Sy explains, there are now new questions about what happened, and the broader issue of the…
Arts Nov 16‘Buried past’ of America’s first Koreatown uncovered in California’s Riverside
A new exhibit in Southern California showcases an integral part of Korean-American history that was only uncovered a few years ago. Stephanie Sy shows us the decades-long path to discovering the nation’s first “Koreatown.” This report is part of our…
Politics Nov 02Expert fears partisan actors may replace election workers who quit over threats
It may be election day in 2021, but the attacks on the democratic process during the 2020 election had ripple effects that are still being felt. The latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll this week found that 81% of American adults believe…
Nation Nov 01Analyzing Kyle Rittenhouse’s self-defense claims as jury selection begins in his trial
Jury selection began Monday in a highly watched murder trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The trial will revolve around questions over protests in 2020 that led to riots and whether the defendant, Kyle Rittenhouse, recklessly shot people or acted in self-defense.
Economy Oct 18‘Striketober’ : Growing number of U.S. workers are pushing back against employers
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union reached an agreement on a new film and TV contract this weekend, averting a strike that would have ground productions around the country to a halt. But it’s not the only showdown…
Education Oct 12How the pandemic spurred American students to pursue health care careers
The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare many vulnerabilities in America’s healthcare system, including a worsening shortage of nurses and physicians. But recent data indicates a new surge of interest in nursing, medical and other health-related career programs. Stephanie Sy has this…