Esther Ciammachilli

Nevada To Offer Health Benefits For Transgender Procedures

Starting July 1, Nevada will offer health insurance for transgender-related medical care, including hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and mental health counseling. All are deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association. Until now, these procedures haven’t been covered for public employees, like Jamie, a former state trooper. From the time she was four years old, Jamie knew she was transgender. “I used to ask my mom to dress me as a girl, or sit on the toilet and...
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Stewart Indian School: Remembering The Good And Bad

Sherry Rupert heads the Nevada Indian Commission and has been working for the past decade to preserve the site of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City. Thanks to some of the laws passed during this recent legislative session, the project is now getting support and funding. To tell us more about the school and its history, Rupert spoke to Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss. The school closed its doors back in 1980, and alumni have a range of memories and feelings about their time there....
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The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is now using drought reserves to meet customer demand.

Usually, surface water from the Truckee River provides 90 percent of what area customers use, but since river flows are so low, the authority has now tapped into its upstream drought reserves in Boca Reservoir. 

"We actually anticipated being in this position several weeks ago," says Bill Hauck, senior hydrologist for the agency, "but the rain we had in May brought a significant amount of rainfall which found its way to the river. It basically enhanced our supply by several weeks."

Esther Ciammachilli

There’s been a lot of talk lately about transgender issues, after the recent transition of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner. There are several treatments a person receives while transitioning - such as voice therapy - in order to help them sound more like the gender they are becoming. Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, we’re talking about the Trans Voice and Communication Clinic offered by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our guests are Rachael Walden, clinical director for this department and Dr.

There's a need for almost 400 nursing home beds for veterans across the state. That's according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. As that need continues to grow, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that momentum and funding are also growing for the first veterans nursing home in Northern Nevada. 

Nevada Humanities Festival and Chautauqua 2015

Jun 19, 2015

The Nevada Humanities Festival and Chautauqua kicks off tonight and runs through the 26th.  Details and tickets at  The theme of the festival is "The Wilderness."  Danna O'Connor chats with Karen Wikander, program manager for Nevada Humanities.



Dr. Ben Carson Talked Taxes At UNR

Jun 19, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson stopped in Reno earlier this week to continue his call for major changes to the country's tax code and a more prominent American role in world affairs.

After speaking to Latino leaders in Las Vegas Thursday, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in Reno to talk about veterans issues. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Instead of giving a formal speech, Clinton held a roundtable at a VFW in Reno with local panelists who voiced their concerns for veterans in Nevada.

"I think that there are two words that should never be in the same sentence," said Democratic State Senator Pat Spearman, "and that's 'homeless veteran.'"


Truckee Meadows Community College will be offering bachelor's degree programs for the first time starting next year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

One degree will be in emergency management and homeland security. The other will be in logistics operations management, which includes everything from manufacturing to warehousing to sustainability practices. 

Esther Ciammachilli

Officials at the University of Nevada, Reno along with a handful of donors and community members broke ground on the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.

In grandiose fashion, onlookers welcomed what will soon be the heart of student health and fitness at UNR. The 108 thousand square-foot E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center is scheduled to open early in 2017. Construction of this new building comes as enrollment at the university hits an all-time high. Caden Fabbi is student body president. He says a lack of space for health and wellness is a growing concern.

UNSOM Health Watch: Men's Health

Jun 15, 2015
University of Nevada School of Medicine

June is National Men's Health month and that's the discussion in this installment of the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch. Our guests are Dr. Daniel Spogen, professor of family medicine and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.  

Jocelyn Lantrip: Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Approximately 48 percent of students in the Washoe County School District qualify for free lunch at school, but hunger can be risk during the summer months when these meals aren't available. 


Making It To Graduation

Nevada will soon have a huge boost in education funding, but that won't fix the state's lagging high school graduation rate overnight. KUNR explores what's working now for students facing adversity.

University Spotlight on Beyond the Headlines

Reynolds School of Journalism

Media Watch: New Platforms, Limited Resources, And Labor Unions For Reporters

Every year, the Pew Research Center releases its State of the News Media report which looks at the rapidly changing landscape of American journalism. This year’s report found that 39 out of 50 top news websites actually have more of their traffic coming from mobile devices than desktop computers. To learn more about that trend and what it means, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss talked to Al Stavitsky, dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno for our...
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UNR Student Reporters Dive Into NPR Boot Camp

Next Generation Radio is an initiative by NPR to train students in radio reporting and get their voices on the air by hosting week-long boot camps across the country. Doug Mitchell runs the program and recently spent a week in Reno working with students from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Check out his interview with Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss about the project. This year's student reporters covered everything from the growth of Hispanic...
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