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
Nation Feb 02Reopening schools during the pandemic is proving to be a complex assignment
As the pandemic drags on, the toll taken on students and teachers, while trying to protect them from infection, has become one of the outbreak's most vexing and intractable challenges. Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the nation's…
Politics Jan 20In Trump’s final hours in office, a flurry of pardons and commutations
Former President Donald Trump's final hours in office included one final sweep of pardons and commutations -- involving 144 people in all, many who are notable Trump political allies. Stephanie Sy spoke with Dan Kobil, a Capital University law professor,…
Health Jan 13Medical community scrambles to understand COVID-19 ‘long haulers’
They’ve become known as "long haulers" -- people who’ve been infected with COVID-19 but can’t seem to rid their bodies of its effects months later. Their symptoms run the gamut, from shortness of breath to heart palpitations to extreme fatigue.
Nation Dec 28After suicide bombing hits Nashville, authorities ask ‘why?’
Authorities continue to gather evidence after the Christmas day bombing that decimated a block of downtown Nashville and knocked communication infrastructure offline for much of the region. With a suspect identified, they now turn to determining motive. Stephanie Sy reports.
Nation Dec 15In Hawaii, trying to revive tourism while keeping locals safe
Hawaii’s success in keeping COVID-19 in check is not just about its geography -- it's had some of the firmest restrictions, including a statewide mask mandate and, until recently, a 14-day quarantine rule for all arriving tourists. But those restrictions…
Nation Dec 11Frontline workers, communities of color bear the brunt of California’s coronavirus surge
California broke new records this week with the coronavirus, prompting officials to order restrictions in more than 90 percent of that state. Stephanie Sy reports on the situation in Los Angeles County, where frontline workers and communities of color are…
Nation Nov 25Navajo Nation’s health care system strained by COVID-19
The Navajo Nation, home to more than 170,000 Navajo, has been hit hard by COVID-19. More than 600 Navajo have died of COVID-19 in parts of three states, and daily positive cases are soaring. Stephanie Sy spoke with Dr. Daniel…
Economy Nov 11Deemed essential, California farmworkers risk disease and deportation
As the United States grapples with the latest surge in coronavirus, some workers are trying to cope with illness and economic hardship while also facing the threat of deportation. In California’s Coachella Valley, agricultural workers deemed essential to the U.S.
Health Nov 09Childhood vaccination rates dropped amid the pandemic. Will they rebound?
Health experts in the U.S. are worried too many children are not receiving the standard childhood vaccinations they need. In the beginning of the pandemic, doctors’ offices told people to stay away in order to control the spread of the…
Politics Oct 30In final Arizona push, Trump and Biden court growing Latino business community
Latinos make up nearly a quarter of eligible voters in Arizona, but their political power has never been fully tapped. That could change this year.