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

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits with graduate Jena Valenzuela (center) and Veterans Services Director Terina Caserto.

It’s graduation season throughout the area. And two weeks ago the quad was packed with thousands of cheering friends and tearful family members seated in rows of white chairs on the green grass amid a sea of black caps and gowns adorned with silver and blue.

The 2016 spring commencement ceremonies featured a University of Nevada, Reno record of 2,710 degrees awarded for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical degrees. And with another record enrollment expected in the fall, this trend is likely to continue for some time.

With a steadily growing population  on campus, some 600 Latino students will graduate this month from the University of Nevada, Reno. About 525 will receive undergraduate degrees, nearly 80 will earn masters' degrees, while a number of others will receive their Ph.D's and medical doctoral degrees.

And Friday evening, May 6, at 5:30, the Joe Crowley Student Union will be filled with students, friends, faculty and family for the 2016 Latino Graduate Celebration.

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) visits with Seismology Lab Director Graham Kent in the KUNR studios.

Naturally, most of us feel and remember only the large earthquakes, like the jolts that rattled through south Reno a few days before Christmas this past year. Or the 2008 swarm that went on for months that felt like years in west Reno. And there are less noticeable earthquakes occurring all the time as well.

Not only is northern Nevada earthquake country, it’s also the epicenter of worldwide earthquake research that’s happening every day right here at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In hosting a Community Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 12, KUNR honors "The Music of America" host Bob Carroll for 60 years in broadcasting. He reflects on his journey and shares a few highlights with General Manager David Stipech on Beyond the Headlines (air date 4-29-16).

The luncheon will be held at the Airport Plaza Hotel. Tickets and information: click here or call (775) 682-6300. See related story below.


University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, on the Quad

What a difference five years make. With record enrollment today of 21,000 and a growing faculty among several shining new structures, and high-profile research collaborations helping fuel a bustling state economy, the University of Nevada, Reno today has grown from and through the immensely difficult times it faced in April 2011.

President Marc Johnson visited with KUNR's David Stipech for a special and personal interview during the month of Johnson's five-year anniversary at the university's helm (air date 4-22-16).  

Kevin Carman (left) visits with Warren "Bum" Rapp in the KUNR studios.

The subject of drones is a hot topic in the news, and Nevada is a hotbed of activity.

With the Silver State selected as one of just six U.S. drone-testing sites—and the only site chosen as an entire state and not just a single location—the university is a catalyst and collaborator for developing drones and other advanced autonomous systems.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits in the KUNR studio with anthropology professor Sarah Cowie (center) and university alumna Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. March 2016

In what is believed to be a first, a University of Nevada, Reno professor was recently named one of the 105 Presidential Early Career Award recipients for scientists and engineers by President Barack Obama.

Anthropology professor Sarah Cowie received the honor for her work at the historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City, in collaboration with the Nevada Indian Commission. 

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman and James Faulds, research professor and director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and State Geologist

Nevada is known as the Silver State, but as a geological treasure, that doesn't begin to capture Nevada's richness that ranges from its vast untapped geothermal energy to leading in gold and lithium production.

President Marc Johnson (left) visits with Terina Caserto and Gabe Kennedy in the KUNR studios.

The University of Nevada, Reno's new William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center has just opened on campus. And one of the important services to be housed there is focused on support students who are also veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The veterans' services have been brought together to facilitate efficient collaboration in the new facility under the name of the Nevada Military Support Alliance Veterans' and Military Center. 

Dance for Democracy

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.