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Stephanie Czekalinski

Stephanie Czekalinski

Deputy Editor - News

Expertise: Health care, immigration, justice system, government, demographic change, social determinants of health, Cleveland history and culture

Education: Wittenberg University - Bachelor of Arts, English literature
Columbia University - TESOL certificate
The Citadel - Master of Arts, English literature

Favorite spot in Northeast Ohio: East 55th Street Marina


Stephanie Czekalinski is Ideastream's Deputy Editor of News focusing on the Cleveland and northwestern portion of its 22-county region. Her work has appeared in the National Journal, Atlantic Media and the Columbus Dispatch.


  • Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Best health care reporting 2022, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists 
  • Best investigative reporting 2022, Ohio Associated Press Media Editors
  • 2008 finalist for the Livingston Award for young journalists
  • Winner of the 2008 New America Award, honoring public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities currently living in the U.S. 

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