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Stephanie Lambidakis '81

Stephanie Lambidakis ’81

The voice of CBS News reporter and producer Stephanie Lambidakis ’81 is heard regularly by millions throughout the U.S. and beyond.

An on-air reporter and producer for the Washington Bureau of CBS News since 1994, Lambidakis reports, writes, and produces national news on the Justice Department and other federal law enforcement agencies for all CBS News broadcasts, including television, radio, and website.

Lambidakis reports on high-profile issues such as terrorism, homeland security, violent crime, and public corruption. She broke stories on CIA shooter Mir Amal Kasi and the tobacco settlement and reported on the verdict of al-Qaida terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, the anthrax attacks, the Shoe Bomber, and the investigation into alleged steroid use in baseball.

She has been covering the controversies of the U.S. Administration’s interrogation policies, the firings of U.S. attorneys, and the management of the Justice Department under former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. She also reported on the Supreme Court decision of Bush v. Gore, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the bombing of the Murrow Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In 1996, she was part of the Emmy Award-winning breaking-news coverage of the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.

Lambidakis gained her first on-air experience as a student at the university’s WIUP radio and television stations and also interned and worked two summers at WRC-TV, the NBC News affiliate in Washington. A participant in IUP intramural athletics, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from IUP in 1981.

After graduating from IUP, she became a writer and producer for the fledgling news team at CNN in 1981. She joined ABC News in 1985 to write news segments for Good Morning America.

In 1986, she became a writer for then-anchor Dan Rather at CBS News. She also wrote for the network’s Emmy Award-winner America Tonight, broadcast during the Persian Gulf War. She also served as the head writer for the overnight show Nightwatch. She was named deputy assignment manager at CBS News in 1991.

Lambidakis serves as a volunteer at her daughter’s school, donates tours of CBS News for charity auctions, and enjoys tennis, golf, and running.

She resides in Potomac, Md., with her husband, John LeSeur, an attorney, and their daughter, Mary Elaine.

Lambidakis is a 2008 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.

Profile published on 6/30/08

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