Anh Gray

News Producer

Anh joined the KUNR news team in spring 2014 as a producer. She has graduate degrees in public health from Boston University and international education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She spent a decade working in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, she decided to pursue a career in journalism, which was once a childhood aspiration.

She’s been a longtime listener of KUNR and NPR. She enjoys hearing local and global news stories over the radio; it makes her feel more connected to the world. Her home life is filled with the mayhem and laughter of three children, who also happen to be public radio fans.

Richelle O'Driscoll

Today on the University of Nevada Health Watch, we learn about students who want to live a “sober lifestyle” and the programs available to help them. Our guests are two substance abuse experts. Daniel Fred coordinates a campus recovery program and Dr. Meri Shadley teaches about addiction treatment at UNR. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

Many more Nevadans are getting vaccinated for the measles this year.

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The Reno City Council met this week to discuss how to spend tax payer’s money for the fiscal year 2016 budget, which is nearly $170 million. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor reports much of that money will go toward public safety. 

More than two-thirds of that budget will be spent on adding nearly 50 new public safety jobs. Ten of those jobs would go toward hiring 10 more Reno firefighters.

At the meeting, Councilwoman Neoma Jardon asked if the 10 firefighters would open up the browned out stations in the city.

This week, Nevada lawmakers have unanimously passed Senate Bill 177, the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act, also known as the “CARE Act."

The new law requires hospitals to enter the name of a patient’s home care provider in their medical record. This caregiver will then receive information and instruction on follow-up care after the patient is released from the hospital.

The lush green lawns around Washoe County are sparking a local debate about what types of plants are right for the dry high desert region, especially during this fourth year of drought. As part of our series on the ongoing drought, Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray reports.

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The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is asking customers to voluntarily cut their water usage by ten percent. To figure out how to actually do that, we reached out to local experts who offered these tips:

Tip #1: Monitor and adjust your irrigation system

People use four times more water in the summer to irrigate their lawns. Here's Master Gardener Wendy Hanson-Mazet from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension with a tip on how to cut back on that amount.

Tip #2: Use mulch

Do We Have Enough Water?

Apr 27, 2015

The Sierra Nevada is experiencing the most dismal snowpack in a century, causing many people to worry about the water supply.

“We really need to be much more conservative, and we all need to cut back,” Sandy Rogers said.

“There’s an enormous number of people; we all want water," Oscar Salgado said. "There’s more people every day, and apparently there’s less water every day.”

“I’m nervous that there’s not going to be any water left," Katherine Gonzalez said.  "If you look at the Truckee River right now, it looks like a creek.”

The boat launch at Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor near Incline Village is closed until further notice. Due to a dismal snowpack, water level at the lake is lower than normal.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Supervisor Jay Howard says that isn’t likely to change.

“Given the recent snowpack totals of three percent of average that just recently came out, and given what I see in the backcountry when I’m able to go back there, I just don’t expect a whole lot of run-off to occur,” Howard says.

Nevada has the sixth highest rate of veteran suicide in the nation.  That’s why a group of Nevada lawmakers have presented Assembly Bill 294 this week to the Committee on Commerce and Labor, which would require primary care providers to receive training on suicide prevention.

Nevada lawmakers heard hours of emotional testimony this week for Senate Bill 504, an anti-bullying bill, backed by Governor Brian Sandoval.  

At a joint meeting of the Senate and Assembly education committees, several parents shared their children’s experiences with relentless bullying.

“Telling my son that he was fat, ugly and worthless, and that he should go kill himself so they wouldn’t have to look at him anymore.”

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