Stephanie Siek is a lifelong writer who has been fortunate enough to spend her life meeting interesting people and writing about fascinating things. Most of her storytelling work has been done as a journalist, and she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University in 2003.
Since late 2012, she’s worked at the New York City headquarters of The Associated Press. As a Nerve Center News Producer, she is part of a team that runs AP’s main social media accounts (crafting tweets and posts that engage readers and promote AP stories, videos, photos, and interactives), curates headlines in AP’s mobile app, gathers and authenticates user-generated content, and proofreads and troubleshoots material on AP’s news wires.
Her career has previously taken her to places as diverse as the Athens, Greece and St. Louis, Missouri bureaus of The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, the Berlin, Germany-based English language website of Der Spiegel magazine, and the Bonn, Germany headquarters of international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
In February 2015, she was one of six journalists selected for the International Women’s Media Foundation’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative fellowship. She spent one week in Kampala, Uganda attending hostile environment training and one week reporting in Rwanda and learning about issues pertaining to economic development and women’s status in society.
During 2008-2009, she was a Fulbright Young American Journalist Fellowship grantee based in Frankfurt, doing research about an emerging multicultural German identity – information she hopes to some day turn into a book.
Before returning to the AP, she was a full-time freelance contributor at the In America Blog at CNN.com, writing about how people in America define themselves and their world. That includes topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, disability status, sexuality, class and generation.