Stephanie Daniel

Education Reporter

I grew up in Denver and, after living out-of-state for many years, am happy to be back in Colorado covering education, opioid addiction and news for KUNC.

My reporting on the opioid epidemic has been featured on the award-winning podcast The Fix: Treating New York's Opioid Crisis and NPR's Latino USA and The Pulse.

Before joining KUNC in October 2017, I worked at New York Public Radio and on the podcasts Revisionist History and Empire on Blood. Prior to journalism, I wrote and produced commercials and marketing videos for TV shows and media companies. I am a graduate of Duke University and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

I love going on adventures and have visited more than 20 countries. I also like to explore local areas, ride my bike and hang out with my family and friends.

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The American Red Cross launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses, a new online course aimed at teaching volunteers how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose.

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Five-year-old Katin Canges held up a small plastic ball with a letter written on it.

"What's the K for?" asked his mother Rebecca Canges.

"Katin," he replied with a laugh.

On a Monday in late October, Katin and his 10-year-old brother Cooper were not in school. They were at home with their mother.

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Two Mountain West states are part of a dozen across the country that allow people to select non-binary gender on legal documents.

Colorado residents, who do not identify as male or female, will be able to choose "X" as their gender on driver's licenses starting on Nov. 30.

"It's really important that Colorado is now allowing another opportunity for male, female and non-binary -- people who identify as neither male or female -- to also have an identity document who matches who they are," said Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, an LGBTQ advocacy organization.

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Almost half of eligible Americans voted nationwide in this year's midterm elections, making it the highest voter turnout in almost 50 years.

Colorado ranked fifth in the nation in voter turnout with 59.7 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. Montana came in tenth with a 56.6 percent voter turnout.

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More than $700,000 from the National Institute of Health's Institute of Drug Abuse is headed to the University of Colorado Denver to study treatments for people who suffer from both chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during the second Sunday, it was Pink Sunday at Shorter Community AME Church in Denver. Tracey Drayton, who leads the church's breast cancer ministry, spoke to the congregation. She informed them about an important fact: the mortality rate for black women in Colorado is nearly 30 percent higher than white women.

"Why are women, black women dying more than white women?" said Drayton.

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More Coloradans can now protect themselves against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently expanded the use of an HPV vaccine, called Gardasil 9, to men and women ages 9 to 45. The drug, which is a vaccination for HPV, was not given to people over 26 in the past.

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In Wyoming 19 wolves have been killed during the first seven weeks of this year's hunting season. It's a much smaller number than last year, when 12 were harvested in just the first few days and trophy game kills overall totaled 43.

One possible explanation could be the warm fall weather. This year's hunting season started on Sept. 1, a month earlier than last year.

Scott Becker, the northern Rocky Mountain wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said it can be easier to hunt wolves in the winter.

A million new registered nurses will be needed to meet the country's health care needs by 2022.
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Denver is hosting one of the country's biggest nursing conferences. One issue on the agenda is the ongoing, nationwide nursing shortage.

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Suicide has doubled in Larimer County since 2009 and its suicide rates are among the highest in the nation, according to local officials.

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