Stephanie Beecken

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Date of Joining WATE: October 2011

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Birthplace/Hometown: Born in Stuart, FL raised in Chattanooga, TN


  • B.S. Electronic Media Communication – Middle Tennessee State University

Previous Media Experience:

  • WCJB in Gainesville, Florida, working in the newsroom as a fill in reporter and in production
  • 2007 to February 2009 reporter and fill-in anchor at WWAY in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 2009 to October 2011 WAAY 31 TV in Huntsville, Alabama as a reporter/anchor/producer

Outside Interests/Hobbies:

When I have a long weekend off, you can bet I’m in Chattanooga at my family’s home horseback riding, in Nashville visiting friends or at a beach somewhere. In my free time, you can find me working out or hiking.

What You Enjoy About Local News:

I entered the journalism field in hopes of making a difference in people’s lives. I have a passion for sharing the stories of people in the community, helping them voice their concerns, exposing problems or issues in the area and finding resolutions. I also enjoy meeting new people in the community on a daily basis.

Media Awards and Honors:

  • 2008 Associated Press Best Health Report
  • 2008 RTNDAC Best Education Report
  • 2008 RTNDAC Health Report Silver Award
  • 2008 NCARCA State Media Award Winner
  • 2007 Associated Press Best Health Report
  • 2013 SPJ Golden Press Card Award of Excellence Investigative Reporting
  • 2013 SPJ Golden Press Card Award of Merit Deadline/Breaking News Reporting
  • 2013 SPJ Golden Press Card Third Place General Reporting
  • 2014 TN AP Best In-Depth Hard News Story – Honorable mention
  • 2014 TN AP Best TV Reporter
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