Stacy Fernández '19 participates in News21 investigation, 'State of Emergency'

August 21, 2019

Stacy Fernández ’19, a recent graduate of the Newhouse School, was one of 37 students from across the country who participated in a major multimedia investigation about disaster recovery in the United States.

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Stacy Fernández

Fernández was part of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multi-university reporting initiative headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

News21 students traveled to 25 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, conducting hundreds of interviews and reviewing thousands of pages of government documents, data and state and federal statutes to produce their report, “State of Emergency.”

“This deeply reported project brought to the forefront the lasting and troubling consequences of natural disasters and recovery, particularly for people living in remote, impoverished and storm-prone communities,” said News21 executive editor Jacquee Petchel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist. “What we found were thousands of people still coping with the aftermath, months and even years after the fact.”

“State of Emergency” includes 16 digital stories, portraits of more than 50 survivors, and four half-hour documentaries on hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and flooding. The News21 students also produced a five-episode podcast following a disaster from the moment a storm hit through the long recovery process.

The investigation will be published by major media organizations across the country.

Fernández graduated from Syracuse University with dual degrees in magazine journalism from the Newhouse School and Latino-Latin American studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. She served as feature editor of The Daily Orange. As an intern for The Buffalo News and The Dallas Morning News, she covered crime, developed enterprise stories, wrote longform features and waded through water to cover two flash floods and a double tornado. Fernández also participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, a week-long “pop-up” digital journalism and audio training program held at Newhouse.

She recently joined The Texas Tribune as a writer and breaking news reporter.