Stephanie Santostasi

POSTED: 5:09 PM May 15 2014   UPDATED: 2:17 PM Sep 26 2014

Stephanie comes to the Tri-Cities from Michigan and is excited to escape the cold northern winters.

She graduated from Central Michigan University with dual degrees in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Communication. While in school, Stephanie reported, anchored and produced for CMU's award-winning station, News Central 34.

During her college summers, Stephanie interned at WKYC in Cleveland and Fox 2 in Detroit working alongside Emmy award-winning anchors, reporters and producers.

Most recently, she worked as a weekend photojournalist at 9&10 News in Cadillac, Michigan.

When she's not working, Stephanie admits she loves to watch reality TV and chat with her family and friends back in Michigan.

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Bellafina Chocolates to benefit Kingsport Carousel

A sweet treat in Kingsport will be used raise money for the Kingsport Carousel Project.

Bluff City dinosaur park names dinosaur after Jim Conrad

A Bluff City man and his friends decided more than two years ago to turn their yard art into a dinosaur park. 

Bad inspection report leads to I-81 lane closures

There’s something extra to watch for if you’ll be driving on Interstate 81 this week: Lane closures in both directions because an inspection last week found something could become dangerous.

Tusculum College students have opportunity to graduate in 3 years

Students at Tusculum College could graduate sooner than expected with a new curriculum. The college wants to do this to adapt to the current changes in education.

Old Greeneville school plans to open its doors again in August

New life is coming to an old school in Greene County and students will soon fill the halls for the first time in more than 30 years.

Boone Lake levels affecting fish and wildlife

About a month ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced Boone Lake will remain 30 feet below normal until at least next year. They found a sinkhole in October near the dam and then discovered sediment and water was also leaking from a riverbank close by. 

Controversial solar farm approved, neighbors unhappy

Greene County's Board of Zoning Appeals has voted to allow a solar farm in Chuckey. That solar farm isn't sitting well with people who live nearby.

One woman dead after house fire in Telford

A fire destroys a home - and claims a life - in Washington County, Tennessee. That fire happened late Monday night.

Erwin board approves new downtown sidewalk ordinance

A final vote in Erwin, Tennessee has changed how restaurants can serve in downtown. The vote was to decide whether restaurants will be allowed to have sidewalk dining.

Town of Erwin will now allow liquor stores

A developing story: There will now be liquor stores allowed in Erwin.  Also, for the first time in Erwin's history, folks will  be able to buy beer on Sundays.

Medical marijuana supporters prepare for 3rd Johnson City rally

A planned rally in support of medicinal marijuana is expected to draw hundreds of people to Johnson City on Saturday. Seth Green says he expects supporters from Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and throughout Tennessee to show who would benefit if medical marijuana is legalized.

Man continues therapy after heart is 'clipped' together

People suffering from heart failure now have additional hope with a new procedure at a Wellmont hospital. The CVA Heart Institute in Kingsport can repair a person's heart with a clip.


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Dave Dierks

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David Boyd

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Casey Goetz

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Olivia Caridi

Olivia graduated Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a degree in journalism and a minor in English.


Callan Gray

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Stephanie Santostasi

Stephanie comes to the Tri-Cities from Michigan, where she attended Central Michigan University with dual degrees in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Communication.

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