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
Health Dec 24COVID-19 spreads holiday misery, as canceled flights strand thousands on Christmas Eve
The COVID-19 pandemic is once again upending holiday plans around the world, from halting air travel to scaling back festive celebrations. All this as new infections in the U.S. have spiked 55 percent in the last two weeks alone, largely…
Health Dec 23Americans face COVID testing lags ahead of holidays: ‘We’re very, very far behind’
The new coronavirus variant is driving a surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Omicron is now present in all 50 states - just three weeks after it was first detected in the U.S. It has raised questions and…
Nation Dec 22What you need to know about the extended student loan payment pause, child tax credit
American graduates and their families may be feeling relief Wednesday after the Biden administration extended a pause on student loan payments. Payments will not be required before May 1, and the extension will help around 41 million borrowers. Meanwhile, millions…
Health Dec 20Vaccines reduce hospitalizations, but slow testing and rapid omicron spread worry experts
The rapid and relentless spread of COVID-19 in the midst of a new variant of the coronavirus is leading to growing alarm just ahead of the holidays. Omicron infections are exploding amid a shortage of testing, and governments are imposing…
Arts Dec 16Exhibit showcases work of a forgotten photographer who documented the fight for equality
A new exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum examines the work of a long overlooked German-American photographer who exposed the links between racism and poverty in the United States. Stephanie Sy takes a look at the first major exhibition of…
Nation Dec 15Biden surveys tornado damage in Kentucky as affected communities continue cleanup efforts
It has been five days since tornadoes shattered towns, killing 88 people across Kentucky and neighboring states. President Joe Biden visited the region today to survey the damage and aid efforts. Stephanie Sy reports.
Nation Dec 07Navy’s water contamination flub in Hawaii follows 8 years of warning signs
U.S. military families stationed in Hawaii are dealing with tap water contaminated with petroleum. The cause is unknown, but investigators say a leak from a nearby fuel storage facility operated by the Navy may be to blame. On Monday, Secretary…
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.