Bree Zender

Morning Edition Host and Reporter

Bree Zender started working as Reno Public Radio's Morning Edition host and reporter in 2017. She's originally from the Pacific Northwest. She has two bachelor's degrees—one in journalism and the other in theatre—from the University of Montana in Missoula. 

Bree got her start in public radio hosting Morning Edition and reporting the news as an intern at Montana Public Radio. From there, she moved to San Luis Obispo, California, where she was a mid-day host and reporter.

When Bree isn't on the radio, she's usually hiking up a mountain, perusing Wikipedia or sitting at home waiting patiently to be on the radio again.  

Episode 6 - How Housing Is Tied To Food Insecurity

With housing insecurity comes food insecurity. This week we hear a story from community health reporter Anh Gray about the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the food pantries in the area. After that, Anh sits down and talks with Al Brislain the president and CEO of the food bank. Joey also gets a chance to hear from Anh about what she learned through her reporting, which allowed her to talk with many families on the brink.

Bree Zender

Over the past several weeks, KUNR has been reporting on the affordable housing crunch in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. Today, we speak to a man whose beloved cats essentially priced him out of the Reno rental market. Reno Public Radio’s Bree Zender spoke with him about his extended search for a home for himself, his cats, and his wife. 

Episode 5 - Health, Housing And Mental Illness

In this episode of Priced Out, Joey and Bree hear from reporter Anh Gray about how the housing situation is impacting the health of the community. Then Bree has a story on mental illness, talking to one mother looking for her son.

Bree Zender

Our reporter Bree Zender has been talking to various everyday people in the region affected by rising house costs. Today, she talks with one mom whose adult son has a mental illness about her efforts to keep him off the streets.


Episode 4 - Big Projects, Tiny Homes

Reporter Noah Glick goes to Battle Moutain and Western Nevada College to check out a few tiny homes. He chats with developers to see how these homes may be a solution to the housing crunch and what problems they faced along the way. Joey sits down to chat with Noah to get a better idea of these challenges, as well as get an idea of what the inside of a tiny home is like.

Episode 3 - Growing Student Body, Growing Housing Challenges

In this episode, Joey and Bree chat with reporter Jacob Solis and business reporter Noah Glick. Jacob's story is looking at the lack of student housing and how students are being impacted along with what the University of Nevada, Reno is doing. Noah talks with builders in the Reno area to find out what challenges they face during this housing crunch.

Bud Matlock poses in the senior center lunch room.
Anh Gray

Episode 2 - Senior Living In The Housing Crunch

In this week's episode of Priced Out, we take a look at how the housing crunch affects seniors with our reporter Anh Gray. She looks at one of the senior centers in Reno, where she talks to employees as well as seniors about their living situation. Joey then debriefs Anh about her experience.

A women, her two daughters, and their dog, stand outside their motel room
Krysta Scripter

Episode 1 - Motel Living And Explaining The Problem

The first episode of KUNR's inaugural podcast is here! Looking into the affordable housing problem in the area hosts Joey Lovato and Bree Zender air a piece exploring how the crunch is affecting the people behind the numbers as she follows a single mother who was forced to live in a motel in Carson City. Then, Bree interviews reporter Paul Boger about the issue as a whole.

Introducing Priced Out: A Podcast on Affordable Housing


Mountaineers Books

The Pacific Crest Trail--the famous Mexico-to-Canada hiking trail featured in Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild--is getting a new guide book series, written by four different authors, specifically for people who want to hike the PCT in sections. Reno Public Radio’s Bree Zender recently spoke with Philip Kramer over Skype, who is the author of the book that features the Northern California section. Kramer thru-hiked the entire trail--nearly 2,700 miles--in 2013, and later returned to the Sierra to write the book. 

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