Stefanie Dazio covers President Barack Obama's second swearing-in ceremony in 2013.

Stefanie Dazio covers President Barack Obama’s second swearing-in ceremony in 2013.

Stefanie Dazio is digital-first reporter who uses old-school, shoe-leather reporting online and in print. She’s most comfortable sitting on a curb at a crime scene, scribbling barely-legible notes and shooting photos and videos on her cellphone.

Stefanie is a municipal reporter at Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.). She covers the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County.

She recently finished her job as a breaking news reporter at The Record and The Herald News (New Jersey), where she covered law enforcement, crime, fires and escaped animals. She transformed the “morning mayhem” beat by making sources in more than 200 police and fire departments across North Jersey. She regularly broke news, both in small crime briefs and larger enterprise pieces, and wrote multiple stories a day.

Stefanie graduated magna cum laude from American University in May 2013. She has had multiple internships with The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.) and The Star-Ledger (New Jersey). She also covered federal politics for The Durango Herald and The Cortez Journal (Colorado) as an intern.

To date, she has chased: three bears, one alligator, one baboon, one peacock and scores of ponies.