Journalist, Hearken (USA)
Since the beginning of her journalism career, Stephanie has always been drawn to building new products and services to redefine how local news organizations can best serve the communities they cover. From starting a hyperlocal online news website to developing reader-driven coverage areas for a daily newspaper to focusing on audience development and community engagement for local and niche startup news organizations, Stephanie has always had a passion for authentically connecting audience engagement efforts to organizational sustainability. She specializes in fostering online communities, hosting in-person gatherings, expanding email newsletter audiences and developing outreach strategies to cultivate audience loyalty and boost membership programs and donation campaigns. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is an enthusiastic Denver transplant after working as a multimedia journalist in New York City, Southern California, Washington, D.C., and her hometown — Phoenix.