Bob Conrad

Contributor and Media Partner

Bob Conrad, PhD, APR is a media professional with more than 20 years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and publishing. He's the co-founder of ThisisReno.com, a locally owned and operated online news website. The site won the 2011 Judge's Choice Award from the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, as well as a Silver Spike Award from the same organization.

Bob completed his doctoral dissertation in 2011 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he researched how the news media cover higher education institutions[gradworks.umi.com] in times of crisis, taking a look at the differences among blog content, traditional news media and niche news media. 

He has also authored a number of articles, publications and a few books. Bob's previous PR blog received an “Editor’s Pick” from the U.K. Journalism.co.uk[Journalism.co.uk]and his work has been featured in Information Week, Bulldog Reporter, eSkeptic, PRSA’s TACTICS and others.

In 2015, Bob was selected to train at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

 

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A canceled City Council meeting has a local advocacy organization raising questions about the city's priorities for addressing affordable housing.

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The Tesla gigafactory has officially opened, but questions remain regarding how northern Nevada is preparing and responding to economic growth spurred by the company. To explore this issue for our series Behind the Battery Boom, we turn to our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno who recently toured the plant.

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The Washoe County School District has been notified by the state Department of Education that its students are under-prepared for college. That's true, but its not the whole story behind recent ACT test scores for local students. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

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The University of Nevada, Reno presented its plan to relocate a handful of historic homes near campus so the school can expand south. The City of Reno's Historical Resources Commission heard that presentation, but members are not ready to settle on that option. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

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The Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System or PERS is once again being taken to court over public records. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute or NPRI is petitioning the state Supreme Court to intervene in what members say is an intentional effort by PERS to evade the state's public records act.

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The Washoe Board of County Commissioners has approved the first step in a plan to restrict shooting on certain areas of Peavine Mountain in north Reno. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Commissioners have approved the first reading of an ordinance that would expand the boundaries of congested areas. Under the proposed plan, the areas to the south and east of Peavine Road would be off limits to shooting. There will be exceptions for hunting.

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A protest against fracking ended with an arrest on Tuesday as dozens of protesters stormed through the Siena Hotel in Reno looking to interrupt a Bureau of Land Management sale of oil and gas. Our contributor from ThisisReno Bob Conrad reports.

Protestors chanted while holding signs saying "Keep it in the ground" and "Frack free NV." There were even performance artists, clad in black bodysuits, who staged a "die-in" in the entryway of the hotel. 

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The Truckee River impacts us all. That was the message a coalition of organizations presented at an open house this week to gather community input about the future of the river. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno was there and has this story.

Nevada Land Trust Executive Director Alicia Reban says the open house was the first opportunity to see what the One Truckee River group has been working on for the past year.

Crime Is Up In Reno

Jun 10, 2016
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Many types of violent crimes and property crimes are increasing in Reno. That's according to an annual report released by the Reno Police Department this week. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

From 2013 to 2015, the number of robberies and assaults increased, and reported rapes nearly doubled. There were 70 rapes were reported in 2013 and 136 were documented last year. During that time, the homicide rate has remained steady. 

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Despite some recent vandalism, a new public land sculpture installed by the Nevada Museum of Art and several partners is quickly becoming a roadside attraction outside Las Vegas. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno made a trip down south to check it out. 

Yamile Lo Dico and her boys are checking out the exhibit on a scorching evening near Jean, Nevada. These last minutes of daylight are highlighting several giant colored boulders.

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