My name is Stacy Fernández and I'm a journalist with a passion for social justice reporting.
I'm currently a fellow with Carnegie-Knight News21, a national in-depth reporting initiative based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where I'm covering housing after natural disasters. I traveled to five states to translate, report and shoot photos for my team and several others.
I graduated from Syracuse University with dual degrees in magazine journalism and Latino-Latin American studies. During my last year I developed data-reporting skills and worked toward fluency in Portuguese, my third language in addition to my native English and Spanish. People are often relieved when I’m able to speak to them in their native language. They know I’ll understand the nuances of what they’re telling me and much of the cultural context.
I interned at The Dallas Morning News, where I wrote in-depth features while publishing daily print stories for five of the suburban communities surrounding Dallas. At The Buffalo News I got drenched while covering two flash floods and a double tornado — it was awesome. When I wasn't wading through water I was reporting on crime, community events and developing enterprise stories.
I also served a semster as Feature Editor of The Daily Orange, Syracuse's independent student newspaper. I coordinated with the video, photo and web team to pursue stories with a focus on diverse coverage that included people of color, the LGBTQ community, Indigenous people and people with disabilities. For the first time we had a Latinx series, which highlighted figures increasing representation of the Latinx community in and beyond Syracuse.
Outside of reporting I enjoy listening to the latest author-narrated audiobook, volunteering at the local Latino cultural center and searching for thrift store treasure. I also love visual storytelling and am honing my skills behind a DSLR camera.
You can usually spot me dancing along to the music playing in my headphones. Go to move: a smooth bachata.
Want to chat? Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.