Stefania Okolie
Stefania Okolie joined ABC13 as a reporter/MMJ in October of 2018.

A South Florida native, and a lover of all things outdoors, Stefania is happy to now wear Texas boots.

Stefania graduated from the University of South Carolina in December of 2013 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Entertainment Management.

Her career in journalism began right after college in 2014, where she worked for two years as a reporter/anchor in Norfolk, Virginia.

She moved on to Phoenix, Arizona where she worked for two years as a Reporter. There, she covered and helped to break major developments on several of the biggest stories in the market.

Her reports have gained international attention, including breaking stories on police brutality that forced internal investigations, and her coverage of high profile murder and missing women cases.
Stefania considers her role as a journalist to be a public service duty and a privilege.

"I have the power to go into marginalized communities and share the stories of families who thought they did not matter. Whether it is on the worst day of their life or the best day of their life, I can offer an outlet for their voice to be heard," Stefania says.

Aside from her passion for storytelling, Stefania is a food and fitness addict and a true beach lover. When she's not working, she enjoys designing, getting lots of sun, yoga, and kickboxing.

Stefania's Stories
New mural pays tribute to Vanessa Guillen in her neighborhood
Houstonians can pay their respects to murdered soldier Vanessa Guillen at a new mural in her neighborhood.
Family demands answers after son found shot to death, burned in north Houston
Joseph Olguin, a 24-year-old father, was found dead next to a dumpster and his family says they're in the dark about his death.
Woman who shot man in head on Facebook Live released from prison early
She was expected to serve up to 10 years for the shooting. Now, she will serve the rest of her sentence at home.
People crowd downtown club in wake of Gov. Abbott's orders
The video shows many people standing close together, and most of them aren't wearing face coverings.
Protesters demand ICE to release detained children immediately
"This is not Germany," one protester said as the crowd moved closer to City Hall on Saturday.
Daughter of James Byrd Jr. speaks about anger after father's cruel death
Jamie Byrd, whose father was murdered by three white supremacists in 1998, says she felt anger first but has now turned that into purpose.
Owner of bar where intentional explosion happened in 'disbelief'
In an exclusive interview with ABC13, the owner of the bar, where an explosion occurred Friday, speaks out for the first time.
Chief Art Acevedo reacts to killing of George Floyd
"It makes me worry about the extended community because if people don't trust the police, we all lose."
Baby among the victims shot at SE Houston block party, HPD says
A baby and a 12-year-old were among five people shot at a massive block party a SE Houston neighborhood.
Family of victims injured in alleged street-racing incident speak
A husband and wife are in the hospital after flipping off of I-45 with their son while they attempted to avoid street racers.