Danna O'Connor

Morning Edition Host

Danna has been with Reno Public Radio since 1995. She started as a weekend announcer, then full time jazz host and in 2008 became the local host for NPR's Morning Edition.

Danna is a native Nevadan, born in Elko and raised in Winnemucca. She has 31 years in the broadcasting business, starting in commercial radio right after high school, but preferring the public radio atmosphere. Working for KUNR is a dream come true. Every day is challenging and informative and the public radio audience is filled with intriguing and vibrant listeners.

Danna took the plunge and married Reno civil/structural engineer Dan O'Connor in 2008. They enjoy camping, books, movies, baseball and amateur radio.

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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.

AVA Ballet Theater and the Reno Philharmonic perform "Sleeping Beauty" at the Pioneer Center, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.  Tickets at pioneercenter.com.  Danna chats with Alexander Van Alstyne, Artistic Director of AVA Ballet.

UNR's Spring Dance Concert kicks off tomorrow through Sunday at the Redfield Proscenium Theatre at UNR.  Danna O'Connor chats with Rosie Trump, Assistant Professor of Dance at UNR and Andrea Miller, founder and choreographer of Gallim Dance Company.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin performs with the Reno Collective Thursday the 23rd at 7:30pm at Nightingale Concert Hall.  On Friday at 7:30pm Vertical Voices and the SF Jazz Collective perform at Lawlor Events Center.  Danna O'Connor chats with Peter Epstein, Director of Jazz Studies at UNR.

The Reno Philharmonic performs Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony this weekend, featuring Soprano Jessica Rivera and Mezzo-Soprano Kelley O'Connor, and the Reno Philharmonic Chorus.  Danna O'Connor chats with conductor Laura Jackson about the season finale, Saturday the 18th at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm at the Pioneer Center.  www.renophil.com

The Reno Chamber Orchestra and solo pianist Robert Levin perform all five of Beethoven's Piano Concertos at 7:30pm tonight and 2:00pm Sunday at Nightingale Concert Hall.  Tickets at www.renochamberorchestra.org.  Danna O'Connor chats with Scott Faulkner, Executive Director of the RCO.

The Nevada Chamber Opera performs scenes from three of Mozart's most often performed operas this Friday, March 27th,  Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th at Nightingale Concert Hall.  "Mozart Mania" features the University Symphony Orchestra.  Danna O'Connor chats with Dr. Albert Lee, Director of the Nevada Chamber Opera.  Details and tickets at www.unr.edu/music.

  

Nevada students compete for cash and scholarships at the 10th Annual Poetry Out Loud Program.  It's Saturday, the 14th from noon to 3pm at the Siena Hotel.  Danna O'Connor chats with Larry DeVincenzi about the Nevada Arts Council program.

Violinist Bella Hristova is performing with the Reno Chamber Orchestra during Artown. KUNR's Danna O'Connor talks with her and the Reno Chamber Orchestra's Scott Faulkner. Bella Hristova performs: -- With the Reno Chamber Orchestra July 19, 7-9 p.m. at Nightengale Conert Hall. -- July 21 at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (501 California Avenue in Reno) More Information: Reno Chamber Orchestra Bella Hristova's Official Website

Reno Jazz Fest

The Reno Jazz Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. KUNR's Danna O'Connor has more on what's planned for the event.

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