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Stahl SOC/BA’79 Inducted in Philly Broadcast Hall of Fame

By Michael Wargo

SOC Stephanie Stahl alumna

Stephanie Stahl is an alumna of the School of Communication.

Multiple Emmy Award-winner and American University alumna, Stephanie Stahl, SOC/BA’79, has a new honor to add to her list of accomplishments. She was recently inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's "Hall of Fame".

Stahl’s been a Philadelphia broadcaster for over 25 years as a respected medical reporter for Eyewitness News CBS 3 and the CW Philly 57.

She joined the news team in 1992 as a general assignment reporter. After graduating from AU, she returned to her home state of Florida and began working at WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach and then as an anchor at WSVN-TV Miami. Afterward Stahl moved to Philadelphia to work at Channel 10 holding the weekend anchor chair and reporting news.

Stahl says her AU journalism classes were invaluable. “The most important skills I learned at SOC were the basics of journalism and writing, two critical aspects of developing a career in broadcast journalism.”

Internships were also important. “I got a job as a production assistant at WRC-TV while in SOC. That was a great experience, mainly because I had ‘hands-on’ experience working in television,” she said.  “I also made valuable contacts who helped put an audition reel together for me and provided great references.”

Stahl says receiving the Hall of Fame award was a great honor. “It was wonderful to be acknowledged by my peers for all my years of hard work.“

In addition to earning Emmys for important work such as “Carol’s Story,” a moving series about a woman’s battle with breast cancer, Stahl has received a Media Award from the American Liver Foundation and Leadership Award from the Cardiovascular Institute and been recognized of Media Professional of the Year in 2001 by the Pennsylvania Public Health Association.