News Anchor, NBC2
Growing up, Stacey Deffenbaugh would go to Cleveland Browns games with her dad, who instilled a love of sports in his only child. As a student at Wittenberg University in her native Ohio, Deffenbaugh set her sights on becoming a sports writer, and was even the sports editor of her college newspaper. But when an internship at the local newspaper never materialized, she went to the TV station to earn her school credits. Deffenbaugh fell in love with television news and never looked back. She has been with Waterman Broadcasting in Southwest Florida for a decade after starting her career in the frozen terrain of Fargo, North Dakota. Deffenbaugh spends off-air time volunteering with many charities—the American Cancer Society, the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, March of Dimes, the American Red Cross and the Fundraising Development Board for Legal Aid. She has been recognized with several honors, including the One Person Can Make a Difference Award by the Florida Coalition for Children for a news segment, called “Wednesday’s Child,” that featured the stories of local foster children.
Favorite local places: Trabue! It’s a restaurant in Punta Gorda, where my husband, Keith Meyer, is the executive chef and general manager.
Beauty essentials: I have very dry skin and frizzy hair, so I need a great moisturizer and a flat iron.
Biggest inspiration: My father! He beat cancer last year and walked me down the aisle at my wedding in January.
Sweetest part of success: Being able to volunteer with so many wonderful Southwest Florida charities. My parents always taught me the importance of giving back.
Guilty pleasure: Mint chocolate-chip ice cream.
Favorite travel destination: Anywhere with my husband. In September we’re going for one week in Italy, one week in Spain and one week in France. We are into food and wine, so many of our trips are around that.
Giving back: I really enjoy charity work. I’m happy to volunteer my time and be out there; I believe that’s the least I can do.
Photography by Roland Scarpa
Hair and makeup by Philip Douglas
Styled by Ashleigh Schufeldt, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples