Stephanie has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a masterís degree in Latin America Studies from New York University. She worked at newspapers around the country until moving to Boston to work for the Associated Press in 1989. She briefly worked for the TAB newspapers before making the switch to Wingo Way. For 12 years, she was a lifestyles editor and writer at the Boston Herald, where she supervised freelance writers, wrote features and contributed a weekly technology column. Her jobs have also included being assistant director of public relations and editorial services at Bunker Hill Community College and Politics and Society Editor for The Conversation.com/US.
Stephanie frequently speaks at libraries, community centers, historical societies and assisted living units in the Greater Boston area, including appearances at the Old South Meeting House, the Brookline and Arlington adult education centers, Massachusetts Superior Court. She was featured in a segment on the Brink's robbery for "Mysteries at the Museum," on the Travel Channel and and in a documentary on Boston's infamous Symphony Road arson case, "Burning Greed." She has appeared as an expert in documentaries about fire including "Damrell's Fire," first broadcast in 2006, a look at the Great Boston Fire of 1872; and in a segment on the Cocoanut Grove fire for the "Modern Marvels" series on the History Channel broadcast in 2004.
Stephanie has served on the board of the Boston Fire Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving Boston's fire history. She has also served the board of the Volunteers and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, an advocacy and volunteer group
A clay artist working at the Mudflat Studio in Somerville, she has taught pottery at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and sells her work through the Mudflat Gallery in Porter Square and at bi-annual Mudflat sales. She is a member of the board of Mudflat.