David Stipech

General Manager

David joined KUNR in 2005 and has served as general manager since 2006. He and his wife are both Reno natives who have raised their family in northern Nevada. David is a former commercial broadcaster and 1985 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno's Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism. Over the past three decades, he has worked as a businessman and entrepreneur, primarily in training and development, marketing and public relations.

David is an avid writer and also enjoys public speaking as a means of encouraging and inspiring his audiences to pursue their passions and make a difference with their lives. His radio commentaries on the heart-and-soul issues of life and living well can be heard Monday mornings on KUNR at 5:35 and 7:35.

Ways to Connect

Dance for Democracy
UNR

An event this weekend combines words we rarely hear together: Dance for Democracy. That should create a lot of interest to entice local high school and college students age 18 and over to join in this event at 8 p.m. Saturday night, Feb. 13, at Mambo's Night Club 3652 S. Virginia Street (near the Atlantis Resort Casino). 

The event is intended to show that the political process can be fun and to engage more young people and Latinos in the political process with the Nevada caucuses just a week away.

Naomi Klein
Courtesy Naomi Klein

THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS IS SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FEBRUARY 11 FORUM FOR EXCELLENCE LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. SPEAKER NAOMI KLEIN HAS LARYNGITIS. 

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While the summits take place and debates rage on over climate change, some wonder why America hasn't made more progress as a global leader on this front. Bestselling author and journalist Naomi Klein says U.S. capitalism as it has evolved today is a major reason. 

Theodore Kuchar conducts the Reno Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy RCO

As KUNR has done for several years, it rebroadcasts performances of the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Coming up Feb. 15, 22 and 29: Rebroadcasts of highlights from the RCO's recent Nevada Chamber Music Festival will be featured on KUNR each of the remaining Mondays in February at 7 p.m.

Visit the RCO's website.

Scott Tyler, PhD, UNR Foundation Professor of Geological Sciences and Engineering
UNR

Fiber optic cable usually brings to mind rapid telecommunications and data transfer. The high-tech, hair-breadth cable has also become a critical environmental device being used by a researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno. It helps measure the water temperatures in Lake Tahoe, European glaciers and Cambodia's waterways. Even controlled burns in Arizona have benefited from soil temp measurements using this technology.  

University of Nevada, Reno sophomore Shahil Pema at the KUNR studios.
KUNR

An important facet of the University of Nevada, Reno's mission is to reflect and promote diversity in every way possible.

Sophomore Shahil Pema, a first-generation student from Las Vegas, is a shining example of the quality of current students on campus as part of the university's record levels of diversity. Pema was the guest of University President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech; air date 1-22-16).

Duncan Stewart with bride Cheryl
Duncan Stewart

Just before New Years, KUNR broadcaster Duncan Stewart and his wife Cheryl celebrated 20 years of marriage and renewed their vows at a large gathering with friends at Sierra Tap House in downtown Reno. 

Prior to their marriage December 30, 1995, Duncan had been married five times and Cheryl three. With eight marriages between them that hadn't worked out as planned, the inseparable pair finally found their "soulmates" and a love that has endured.  

Duncan shared their story with David Stipech on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (air date 1-15-16).

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) and Business Dean Greg Mosier in the KUNR studios. December 2015.
KUNR

The University of Nevada, Reno's MBA program is a half-century old this year and has changed with each era, today preparing business professionals for the complex and rapidly shifting global and entrepreneurial landscape, according to its dean.

Greg Mosier, dean of the College of Business, discussed the MBA (Master of Business Administration) and other programs in the College of Business with University Provost Kevin Carman, as guests on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech, air date 12-18-15).

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson (left) visits with the University’s Monster Fish researcher Dr. Zeb Hogan in the KUNR Studios. 12-2-15
KUNR

If you’ve watched National Geographic’s television show NatGeo WILD or visited the Discovery Museum in the past several weeks, you’re likely to have encountered what are called Monster Fish. Zeb Hogan, assistant research professor with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Biology, has studied these fresh-water fish—the largest in the world—for nearly 20 years.  

Dr. William Payne, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno.
UNR

Not only will our world in the coming decades have possibly two billion more people consuming significantly more food, that food will need to be produced in harsher climates with less water. Solutions to such daunting realities are at the heart of the work of the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR).

There's nothing like a media startup podcast to help media entrepreneurs with their startup efforts.

Open Room Media is a podcast that has just launched, and while it's a new project, the creator is no newcomer to the world of podcasts. It's the professional project for Mignon Fogarty in her role as the Donald W. Reynolds Chair for Media Entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. She's more widely known for her successful Quick and Dirty Tips podcasts, and her own Grammar Girl brand.

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