Stephanie Sy

PBS NewsHour; Former Carnegie Council Host, Ethics Matter

Stephanie Sy is a PBS NewsHour correspondent and serves as anchor of PBS NewsHour West.

Sy was previously the host of Carnegie Council's Ethics Matter interview series, an anchor and national correspondent for Yahoo News, and a news anchor for the now-defunct Al Jazeera America.

Sy won a 2014 Gracie Award for her interview ""Talk to Al Jazeera: Gloria Steinem."" Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Sy was a foreign and domestic correspondent for ABC News from 2003 to 2011. As ABC's Asia correspondent based in Beijing, Sy was awarded the Overseas Press Club's David Kaplan Award for Spot News coverage for her stories on the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Her reports focused largely on the poorly constructed schools that led to the deaths of thousands of children. Sy's China earthquake coverage was also nominated for a national Emmy. Sy won a Business Emmy for ""World News with Charles Gibson: Global Food Crisis"" during her time in China. Sy was also based in London and New York for ABC, covering stories including the war in Iraq, the London terror attacks, the Times Square bombing attempt, the death of Pope John Paul II, and three Olympic Games. As a local military reporter based in Norfolk, Virginia, Sy covered the U.S. invasion of Iraq, winning an Associated Press award for her coverage. She got her start in broadcast reporting at WBTW in Florence, South Carolina.

Featured Work

APR 22, 2019 Podcast

Human Rights, Liberalism, & Ordinary Virtues, with Michael Ignatieff

Central European University's President Michael Ignatieff is a human rights scholar, an educator, a former politician, and, as he tells us, the son of a ...

Qin Gao. CREDIT: Billy Pickett.

MAY 3, 2018 Podcast

Poverty Reduction & Social Welfare in China, with Qin Gao

Professor Qin Gao, director of Columbia's China Center for Social Policy, explains the workings of the Chinese "Dibao" (limited income guarantee) system. "Dibao is doing ...

Stephanie Sy and Rana Foroohar. CREDIT: Billy Pickett.

APR 3, 2018 Podcast

The Dangers of a Digital Democracy, with Rana Foroohar

The revelations about the misuse of Facebook data have started a pushback against the top five big tech companies: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google. ...

Andrew Yang. CREDIT: Billy Pickett.

MAR 21, 2018 Podcast

The Case for Universal Basic Income, with Andrew Yang

Automation is causing the greatest shift in human history and will put millions of Americans out of work, says entrepreneur and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang. ...

MAR 15, 2018 Podcast

The U.S. Foreign Service and the Importance of Professional Diplomacy, with Nicholas Kralev

Professional diplomats are made not born, says Nicholas Kralev of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy. It's not enough to be a people person: training is ...

JAN 25, 2018 Podcast

Clip of the Month: Extreme Poverty & the U.S. Government with Philip Alston

Philip Alston is the special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights for the United Nations. Recently, he spent two weeks traveling across the U....

Stephanie Sy and Philip Alston. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

JAN 10, 2018 Podcast

Extreme Poverty in the United States, with the UN's Philip Alston

The UN's Philip Alston traveled across the U.S. recently and found appalling conditions, from homelessness in California to open sewage in rural Alabama. He ...

NOV 14, 2017 Podcast

Elizabeth Economy on China, Climate Change, and the Environment

How does climate change play into Xi Jinping's larger strategy for China's economy and its role on the global stage? Xi has a vision for ...

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NOV 1, 2017 Podcast

Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities, with Kate Brown

Chernobyl is considered the greatest nuclear disaster of all time. But over decades America's Hanford plant and Russia's Mayak plant each issued almost four times ...

Bob Inglis. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

OCT 5, 2017 Podcast

Free-Enterprise Solutions to Climate Change, with Bob Inglis

Republican politician Bob Inglis used to think that climate change was nonsense; but his son--and science--changed his mind. Today he advocates letting market forces do ...