Sophia Stamas is a Central Texan through and through, calling the heart of the Lone Star State "home" for her entire life.
While she may be all Texan, she's also part Military Correspondent and part Weekend Anchor at KCEN HD News.
Her "Military Matters" coverage at KCEN has taken her to places as far away as Bagram, Afghanistan, as close to home as Lackland Air Force Base, and all the way back to Fort Hood.
Prior to finding her passion for informing her community on Military matters, Sophia was a reporter at KXII in Texoma and a producer for YNN in Austin.
In 2007, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Print Journalism and a minor in Theatre. While in college, she wrote and cartooned for the University Star Newspaper, performed in dozens of theatre productions, all the while working part time as the communication specialist for a major, international staffing company.
Each day that Sophia reports Military news, she's reminded of just how grateful she is for the sacrifices of Military families, and she's always looking for new ways to pay their service forward. She was a KLRU Community Advisory Board member from 2008 to 2012, she deployed on a mission trip to gut buildings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she's been on multiple mission trips to Mexico, and serves periodically as a youth pastor at her church.
In 2013, she received the Central Texas Crime Prevention Association's Outstanding Media Award in Austin for her coverage of the trial for the Fort Hood shooter, her coverage of the explosion in West, and her coverage of Military Police and other crime prevention.
When she's not at work, you'll usually find her outside playing sports, lost in a good book, sketching classic cars, or learning a new language. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish, and conversational Greek, Mandarin Chinese and Farsi. Most people are surprise to learn that she knows her way around a pair of nunchakus. As for the reading addiction, she is always taking suggestions for a good book.
Her hero is her Great Uncle Jack "Dusty" Kleiss, who is a Navy veteran and the last surviving pilot from the Battle at Midway. He has taught her what it means to look fear and adversity in the face and do what is right for those who need someone to fight for them.
In this way, she is resolved to stand up for others, especially those who have stood up for her. She can do that by shining a light on the issues that matter most to Central Texas.
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