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325 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Tel: 316.712.4950

Stefania Lugli | Civic Engagement Reporter

Stefania serves as the KLC Journal’s civic engagement reporter, with a primary focus on supporting news coverage for the Latino community in Kansas in collaboration with Planeta Venus, a Spanish-language newsroom based in Wichita. She is KLC’s first-ever staff reporter.

Stefania returns to Wichita after reporting for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a newspaper and USA TODAY/Gannett property in Sarasota, Florida. There, she wrote on a range of topics, including an investigation on how state laws fail to properly invest in mental health and how Southwest Florida renters fall victim to ambiguous contracts. She also took part in national USA TODAY coverage reporting on Hurricane Ian’s devastation as well as the overturn of Roe vs. Wade.

Prior to her Florida stint, Stefania worked as the inaugural watchdog reporter for The Wichita Beacon, a nonprofit newsroom in Wichita, The Boston Globe and the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a former criminal justice fellow for the National Press Foundation as well as a past data fellow for Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Stefania is a second-generation Venezuelan-American — a proud daughter and baby sister to Venezuelan immigrants. She grew up in Cape Coral, Florida and attended college in Boston. She is also a (very) proud mom to Kenji, her rescue dog. Stefania enjoys reading, fun podcasts and shopping secondhand. For those interested, she frequently posts pictures of Kenji to her Twitter @steflugli.

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