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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Stephanie's Most Recent Stories

Loved ones upset over cemetery conditions in Weber City

Over the last two days a number of people have contacted our newsroom outraged over the up-keep of their plots at a cemetery in Weber City. They claimed that it had become almost impossible to find the markers of their loved ones. So, they reached out to us for our help.

Speed cams could be coming down in Tennessee, waiting for Haslam's approval

Getting a speeding ticket in the mail could soon be a thing of the past in Tennessee. A bill banning speed cameras, except in school zones, passed both the House and Senate, but the governor still must sign it before it becomes law.

Goodwill-Food City donation drive celebrating Earth Day

Wednesday is Earth Day! And in celebration, Food City partnered with Goodwill for an Earth Day donation drive.

Sullivan County deputies looking for mailbox thieves

Thieves are targeting mailboxes and privacy in Sullivan County. Sullivan County Deputies tell News 5 the incidents have been spread across parts of Kingsport and Bristol.

Ex-football player motivates students in Carter County

It’s not where you start, it's how you finish. That’s one of the messages former professional indoor football player Duane West has for students he spoke to on Monday.

Students meet NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson via Google chat

Students at Gate City got the chance to talk to a NASCAR driver and engineer.

Students participate in drug education & prevention program

According to Virginia's DMV website, more than 200 people were killed in crashes that involved impaired driving in 2011. An eye-opening stat - and Wednesday, Gate City students got an eye-opening experience.

H.S. students to gain real-life experience with farmers market

Farmers and crafters from across the region will soon gather in Roan Mountain to sell their goods. It's an opportunity for Carter County to bring in visitors and to help some of their students.

Tennessee lawmakers considering new DUI bill

Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill to prevent repeat DUI offenders to buy alcohol. The bill is aimed at those convicted of three or more DUI’s.

Elizabethton High School stadium on track to open by first game

A project more than seven years in the making is nearly complete at Elizabethton High School.

The Bible could soon become Tennessee's state book

A controversial bill is making its way through the Tennessee legislature. State Senate and House committees moved a bill forward earlier this week that would designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee.

Johnson City business closes without notice, customers left without money

A Johnson City business has closed without notice and that has left customers without their money and merchandise. Now, many of them are looking for legal help.


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Preston Ayres

Preston Ayres grew up on a farm in the Bowmantown community of Washington County, TN.


Paul Johnson

PJ began his television career at WCYB-TV in 1981 after working as a newspaper and radio reporter.


Samantha Kozsey

Samantha Kozsey anchors News 5 Early Today, News 5 Today and News 5 at Noon. Samantha brings 15 years broadcast journalism experience to the WCYB team.


Julie Newman

Julie Newman anchors News 5 WCYB at 5, 6 and 11. She brings a dozen years of television experience to the newsroom.


Rebecca Pepin

Rebecca moved to the Tri-Cities in 2005 after living in Columbia, South Carolina for 5 years and working for WIS-TV.


Dave Dierks

The Tri-Cities has been home for Dave for more than 25 years.


David Boyd

David grew up in Knoxville and has always had a love for weather.

Chris Michaels

Chris Michaels

Chris Michaels is the weekend morning meteorologist at News 5 WCYB. Chris comes to us from North Carolina State University, where he got his degree in Meteorology.


Casey Goetz

Casey joined the News 5 team as Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter in August, 2010.


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

Callan Gray grew up in New York, and has always had a love for storytelling.


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.

Cassandra Sweetman

Cassandra Sweetman

Cassandra Sweetman is a multimedia journalist for News 5 WCYB.

Olivia Bailey

Olivia Bailey

Olivia Bailey is a multi-media journalist for News 5 WCYB. She is a native of Chilhowie, Va., and graduate of Emory & Henry College.


Kristen Quon

Kristen is a Savannah, Georgia native who moved to Johnson City to study journalism at Milligan College.