Stephanie Sugars is a reporter for the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. She documents press freedom violations in the U.S. and by U.S. officials abroad. A graduate of NYU's Global and Joint Program Studies program in journalism and international relations, her professional work focuses on human rights, politics, and identity-targeted violence. She has previously worked at the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Post-Conflict Research Center, and her freelance reporting has appeared in Al Jazeera, Open Democracy, Muftah, Civic Ideas, and Balkan Diskurs.
A New Mexican living in New York, her interests include hiking, board games, pool, and reading all the books she amassed while working at a bookstore.
From Jan. 20, 2019 to Jan. 19, 2020, Trump tweeted negatively about the media 548 times — almost as many as his first two years in office combined.
The same week that President Donald Trump traveled to Orlando, Florida, to announce his bid for reelection, his escalating negative rhetoric against the media reached an all-time high.