Stephanie Lai

Washington, D.C.

Metro reporting intern focusing on local politics

Education: Columbia University, BA in political science (pending 2022)

Stephanie Lai is a Metro reporting intern covering local politics. She is a rising senior at Columbia University studying political science. On campus, Lai serves as the Investigations editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator and previously served as news editor. She has previously worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Times.
Latest from Stephanie Lai

Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal sparks sporadic protests and Portland clashes — but Kenosha remains peaceful

A local pastor in Kenosha urged the community to “now begin the long process of healing."

November 20, 2021

In return to campuses, students with disabilities fear they’re being ‘left behind’

Colleges' accommodations have been uneven, leading some students to drop classes entirely.

November 1, 2021

Life and death underground: N.Y. immigrants perish in flooded basements

The only affordable housing for many immigrants can be an underground death trap.

September 4, 2021

Politicians turn to mobilizing Asian American voters as Maryland primaries approach

While Maryland has not historically held battleground elections, politicians, activists and party officials believe the growing Asian American and Pacific Islander community will play an outsized role in shaping future elections.

August 22, 2021

A decade after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, Washington National Cathedral is halfway restored

The church has raised about $16 million for repairs from the 2011 earthquake and seeks about $18 million more to finish the work, estimated to take at least another 10 years.

August 19, 2021

Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition sues Montgomery County over pending sale of Moses Cemetery

The lawsuit argues that the county violated state law by selling the parcel that was used as a burial ground without first getting court approval.

August 12, 2021

Man charged with hate crimes in attack on Asian family in Northwest D.C.

The attack occurred near Washington National Cathedral on Saturday.

August 11, 2021

Appeals court denies challenge to Montgomery County’s covid relief funding program

The program had been challenged for providing coronavirus relief funds to undocumented immigrants.

August 10, 2021

Boil-water advisory lifted for all D.C. residents

People in Northeast Washington can resume using tap water, D.C. Water said.

August 8, 2021

Latino vaccination rates are high in one Maryland County. A cartoon grandmother helped.

What explains their success? Beyond the longstanding partnership with the Latino Health Initiative and the county’s emphasis on multilingual covid-19 resources, many attribute it to Abuelina, who flexes red-trimmed glasses, a gray bob haircut and a commanding presence.

August 8, 2021