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Stephanie Daniel

Senior Managing Editor, Reporter

The “American Dream” was coined in 1931 and since then the phrase has inspired people to work hard and dream big. But is it achievable today? Graduating from college is challenging, jobs are changing, and health care and basic rights can be a luxury. I report on the barriers people face and overcome to succeed and create a better life for themselves and their families.

At KUNC, we cover northern Colorado’s diverse communities. For me, that means I get to report on an addiction treatment program on the Eastern Plains one day and a Denver DACA student pursuing his college dream the next. It’s the best part of my job.

I grew up in Colorado and, after living out-of-state for many years, am happy to be back. Before joining KUNC, I worked at New York Public Radio and on the podcasts Revisionist History and Empire on Blood. My reporting has been featured on NPR’s 1A, Latino USA and The Pulse. Prior to my journalism career, I wrote and produced commercials and marketing videos for television networks and media companies.

In 2018, I was selected to be an EWA Reporting Fellow by the Education Writers Association. During the fellowship, I reported and produced a multimedia series “Hire Me: Educating Colorado’s Changing Workforce” which was a finalist for the 2019 Education Writers Association National Awards

My reporting on the opioid epidemic was part of The Fix: Treating New York’s Opioid Crisis. The podcast won a national award from the Association for Health Care Journalists and a Regional Edward R. Murrow award. I have also won awards from the Associated Press, Colorado Broadcasters Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists

When I’m not working, I love going on adventures and have visited more than 20 countries. I also like to explore local areas, snowboard, ride my bike and hang out with my family and friends.