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
Man shot to death by wife's ex-boyfriend outside SE Houston apartment complex, police say
Police say they know who killed 25-year-old Giovanie Thompson right in front of his 2-year-old. They're looking for Quinton Wilson.
Parents accuse East Texas Youth Football League organizers of bad sportsmanship
Drama is unfolding as parents accuse East Texas Youth Football League of bad sportsmanship for stopping an undefeated team from competing.
Prairie View A&M University welcomes first Hispanic drum major in campus history
Jesus Mata was first introduced to the university's marching band at a Battle of the Bands competition. He said it was then he knew he wanted to be part of it.
Houston gang member accused of shooting woman while on bond for 2017 murder
Shaquille Richards was released from prison in April but was recently arrested again for allegedly organizing a murder while behind bars, according to records.
Dad of 9-year-old trampled at Astroworld praying for miracle: 'Bring us Ezra back'
"I'm not ready to lose my boy at all." In an exclusive interview, Treston Blount said he never expected the outcome they are currently facing.
Concertgoer desperately tried to save 9-year-old's life
The family of the child who was crushed by concertgoers during the Astroworld Festival tragedy says the child is showing no brain activity.
9-year-old Ezra Blount fighting for his life after being crushed at Astroworld Festival
A 9-year-old boy attending the show with his father was crushed by the crowd, and now he's fighting to survive.
Good Vibes Only festival sheds light on mental health awareness in low-income communities
Houston rap kings Slim Thug and Paul Wall performed, with the latter talking about his own journey and the changes he's seen in conversations about mental health.
Man brutally beaten by neighbor says attack was fueled by racism
"He was just looking at me at the stop sign," Elliot Reed said. "He said, 'You need to get out of this neighborhood because you're making a lot of people nervous."
Teen killed in north Houston Halloween party is daughter of Harris County official, family says
A shooting unfolded when an argument broke out between two groups at what police described as a jam-packed party. They're now looking for the shooters responsible.