Becoming Cuenca

About Stephen Vargha

I have been a journalist for four decades.

Even in retirement, I continue my work.

For my first 19 years in journalism, I was a television news photojournalist. During those two decades, I took my camera to faraway places such as Italy, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the U.K., and even the U.S.S. Roosevelt, covering Operation Allied Force.

After hanging up the camera, I became the Senior Assignment Editor for The Walt Disney Company’s television station in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, I graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. With Murrow as my exemplar and alumnus, I have constantly pursued quality journalism.

Cuenca has been in my heart since I visited it in 2011. I was only 53 years old, but something told me I would be returning.

I can thank my wonderful wife of six years for making it a reality. Though Joanna had never been to three degrees south, she encouraged me to pursue my love. Joanna was just as excited as me, so we made the plunge in September 2019 by purchasing our departamento (condo).

Along with our Miniature Australian Shepherd, Peanut, we made the big move in January 2020.

This journalist enjoys contributing to his community. It is why I am the Asistente de Información Pública for Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca. It is an unpaid position for this excellent symphony.

My writing continues to this day, writing online articles en gratis for CuencaHighLife concerning the “Artists of Cuenca.” The goal is to get the word out to the large English-speaking community in Cuenca.

Not one to slow down, I am now assisting Andrés Zambrano to put forth storytelling sessions at his highly ranked restaurant, La Guarida.