Stella M. Chávez is an education reporter/blogger at KERA public radio in Dallas. Stella spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including nearly seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education, city government and general assignment stories. In 2007, she won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35. The award-winning entry was “Yolanda’s Crossing,” a seven-part DMN series she co-authored that reconstructs the 5,000-mile journey of a young Mexican sexual-abuse victim from a small Oaxacan village to Dallas. Before landing in public radio, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was part of the agency’s outreach efforts on the Affordable Care Act and ran the regional office’s social media efforts. Stella spends a lot of time caring for her elderly mom and has a blog “My Parents Keeper” about her caregiving experience.