Following the 9/11 attacks, Stacey quickly discovered how difficult and personal her job is as a journalist after spending hours with families desperately searching for loved ones killed in the World Trade Center. The sorrow of that week was something she never thought she would see again as a journalist or as a human being, but years later she would discover the pain of the pandemic, telling more of those critical stories of suffering, survival and loss.
Stacey's first on-air job in television was at a small station in Bangor, Maine. She then reported at WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania and WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island.
Throughout her career, Stacey has received numerous Emmy nominations, and has won 4 Emmy awards: one for her coverage of the 2007 steampipe explosion in midtown Manhattan; one for her coverage of Hurricane Isaias aftermath; one for the effects of cold weather on Long Island; and one for a WABC-TV breast cancer special. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Michael P. Metcalf Media Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
In the spring of 1999, Stacey completed a revealing Eyewitness News special on how she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 30. It was a unique, first-person account of the tough decision-making process faced by young women in crisis.
Then, in the spring of 2011, Stacey faced yet another cancer diagnosis. Doctors discovered a pre-invasive ovarian cancer in the lining of her fallopian tubes. She was also diagnosed with BRCA1, a genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Stacey decided once again to take viewers on her journey through surgery and the decisions that followed, urging women at risk to get screened for genetic mutations that cause these cancers. Fully recovered, Stacey has made it a mission to inspire women to get out and get screened.
Since her ground-breaking reports, Stacey has been honored with numerous humanitarian awards and was cited for her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society. She also works extensively with organizations such as TEALWALK and the Basser Center, which are dedicated to helping women with ovarian cancer and BRCA-related cancers. Stacey has co-hosted Channel 7's annual Emmy Award-winning breast cancer specials, worked with Pink Aid to raise money for women struggling through breast cancer, and is an avid promoter and participant in the American Cancer Society's annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer awareness and research. It is an issue that will be near and dear to her heart, as are the many stories she covers on women's issues in general.
A New York native, Stacey has lived and studied in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Born in Flushing, Queens, she grew up primarily in Dix Hills, Long Island. She attended Tufts University, majoring in political science and later earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University.
Stacey lives in Nassau County with her husband and two daughters. She also loves running. Her hobby of home gardening is also a source of pure pride and joy.
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