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
Father and 3 kids escape house fire in Clear Lake Shores
Thankfully, the family made it out alive, and firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to other homes.
Families in Alief lose homes when massive fire rips through during winter storm
The fire started in one home but spread to others as crews faced challenges like reduced water pressure and frozen hydrants during the storm.
League City man in ICU after falling 16 feet while trying to fix pipes
Have you thought about taking matters into your own hands with busted pipes? Hear this wife's warning after her husband fell 16 feet.
Acres Homes families describe surviving historic winter storm
The thought of a snow day sounded fun to 14-year-old Lilian Valentine, but things quickly changed for families who had a vision of a fun winter wonderland.
HFD arson investigator killed in line of duty was scheduled to be off that night, wife recalls
"I knew right when they said, 'Rachel, it's HFD,'" his wife recalled. "You know when you're just in denial and shock, you don't want it to be true."
Former Worthing HS teacher's aide accused of having sex with student gets 14 years in prison
It's been two years since she was charged, and now, the former Worthing High School teacher's aide will be spending 14 years in prison.
Family of 3-year-old girl bitten by dog in Spring says owner could've changed this
The family of a girl attacked by a dog says their daughter is not the same. The dog has since been euthanized, and the owner is jailed.
UH Cougars freshman suspended from team after assault charge
The 18-year-old Foster High School alum is accused of choking his live-in girlfriend late last month.
Parents of missing 21-year-old Texas State student say they still have hope
"How are we getting through it? We're being prayed for," said 21-year-old Jason Landry's dad, Kent, who said he's still hanging on to hope.
Third Ward residents told they need to vacate apartments that were sold
Residents were alerted via notices on their doors that they must move out as the new owners plan extensive renovations.