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Stephanie Summers is a two time Emmy nominated host/producer who grew up in a town known for its baseball, for its vast array of great restaurants, and also known as The Gateway To The West ~ St. Louis, Missouri.
As a kid, she practiced news casting and play-by-play at her brother’s baseball games; Fast forward a few years, Stephanie says she hit the “big time” (in her own mind) when she was given the opportunity to interview her favorite MLB manager Tony La Russa, attended a red carpet movie premiere as correspondent rubbing elbows with her favorite celebrities and went on to intern at the TV stations she grew up watching.
Summers worked in reality casting in the Windy City; Apparently Chicago’s weather wasn’t cold enough for her, so she bought a heavier coat, lots of socks, and moved to North Dakota to anchor & produce the evening news. Many’s the day, viewers could catch her in white-out conditions shooting stories outside as a back-pack journalist. She quickly learned to wear multiple-layers under that heavy coat.
From North Dakota to central Illinois, she landed at the NBC affiliate leading the desk on a two hour morning show. Next step was truly PARADISE, sunny Florida, where she hosted her own travel show, “Paradise TV”. It was while in Florida that she was able to utilize the lifestyle and travel shows she hosted to expand her passion for design, real estate and everything home renovation. She currently hosts southwest Florida’s only local talk show and viewers know her from her popular home improvement segments “Try it yourself” (TIY). Stephanie is currently the face and voice of her stations ‘Home Expert’ series, a go-to resource for home renovation ideas and professional services.
Fun Fact: Stephanie spent five years working on the assembly line building cars, trucks, and vans for Chrysler and Ford Motor Company.
What Stephanie’s on-air guests say about her:
“When I’m interviewed I like when the person I’m talking to is listening and not just looking down at the next question. If you listen, the next question will present itself. That’s what I like about Stephanie… she listens.” -Steve Hytner, Actor/Comedian (Best known for his role as “Kenny” on Seinfeld)
“Stephanie I wanted to acknowledge you. You are so gifted in this space. You make it look easy which is really your gifting and honing your craft to such a precise level. Thanks for making me shine in my segments and thanks for the love you showed my grandsons yesterday. YOU ROCK!” – TC Bradley, Author
Lifestyle, design, and construction. Developed to help clients navigate and manage the often times complex process of planning, executing, and closing out residential and commercial projects.
TV Host: “The Real Estate Show” ITZ Media, FOX 4
Home Expert and Host Stephanie Summers showcases SWFL’s only local real estate show. The new 30-minute program airs Sunday mornings, and centers on current real estate properties for sale with the hottest homes on the market, interior design tips and trends, and the latest in stylish living. Related industry features with local builders, developers, and mortgage experts can also be seen.
In the News: http://www.naplesnews.com/story/money/real-estate/2017/04/01/southwest-florida-real-estate-briefs/99790178/
TV Host: “The Morning Blend” on FOX 4
January 2013 – Present (5 years)
Join Stephanie Summers to talk food, fashion, and DIY fun on Southwest Florida’s “Morning Blend,” weekdays at 8 AM! Stephanie hosts a franchise home improvement segment called “TIY” and was recently sponsored by Lowe’s national hardware chain, Orchard Supply, to show viewers how to live the resort life without the resort price tag.
TV Host: Paradise TV on FOX 4
May 2013 – May 2015 (2 years)
A blend of Food Network meets Travel Channel, Wednesday evenings at 7:30, on FOX 4. Stephanie helps locals uncover Florida’s guilty pleasures and hidden treasures.
Creator: The Swanky Boutique
January 2013 – Present (5 years)
Swanky was inspired from a life of “never being able to find anything to wear” that women’s mantra every distaff member of society has uttered in frustration at some point in her life. Swanky shops fashion merchandising markets worldwide for the latest trends and home décor.
My son Sutton is cute as a button and ever since becoming a mom I started seeing life through a different lens. During Sutton’s first year of life we’ve taken to the sky in “hot air balloon rides,” whipped up egg-cellent creations in Sutton’s Sizzlin’ Kitchen’, and when Halloween creeped around we pulled out all the tricks and built him a boo-tiful spook house. After being told to submit my work to magazines, I was inspired to take our adventures to the keyboard and that’s when our Cute As A Sutton blog was born. Follow us for flashy photo props and other DIY and family fun!