Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters, WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
Stephanie was born and raised just outside New York City. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, where she got her start in radio at NPR member station WFUV in 2012. In addition to reporting and anchoring, Stephanie helped launch the news department’s first podcast series, Issues Tank.
Prior to joining the WUSF family, Stephanie spent a year reporting for CBS Radio’s flagship station WCBS Newsradio 880 in Manhattan. Her assignments included breaking news stories such as the 2016 bombings in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and Seaside Park, NJ and political campaigns. As part of her job there, she was forced to – and survived – a night of reporting on New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
Her work in feature reporting and podcast production has earned her awards from the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and the Alliance for Women in Media.
While off-the-clock, you might catch Stephanie at a rock concert, on a fishing boat or anywhere that serves delicious food.
In Manatee County, Hurricane Ian spared residents in that part of Florida from severe devastation. The storm did knock out power to scores of people and the wind knocked down trees
Forecasters expect Hurricane Ian to intensify as it enters the Gulf of Mexico. Models show it hitting Florida, potentially as a major hurricane. Residents are being urged to finish preparations.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren, saying he neglected his duty by not enforcing some laws — including those involving abortion restrictions.
Florida officials are expanding the availability of monoclonal antibodies as a COVID-19 treatment option. Health experts welcome the move, but warn it's not a fix-all for the current surge of cases.
Socially-distanced watch parties have popped up in Tampa Bay as Rays fans cheer on the team in the World Series. But the fan base is small, and some joke that any Rays game is socially-distanced.
The surge in Florida's coronavirus cases is straining the health care system that's trying to save as many people as possible and protect doctors and nurses from getting sick.
Those challenging the military's ban on transgender service have been encouraged by a recent Supreme Court decision that protects many LGBTQ employees from discrimination.