Esther Ciammachilli

Afternoon Host/News

Esther began her career with KUNR in March of 2013, having made the transition from commercial radio. Esther received her degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Before graduating, she was awarded the Outstanding Broadcast Student Award from the Reynolds School.

Originally from San Diego, California, Esther moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001 where she worked as a singing gondolier at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. At night, she was an actress in an improvisational dinner theater called "Tony and Tina's Wedding," where she played several different parts (not all at once though). She is a trained improvisational actor and has worked with the Reno Little Theater after moving to the north in 2010.


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With the legalization of same-sex marriage, some economists think Nevada’s weddings business could grow by roughly $30 million a year. But the wedding industry itself has been slow to react to this change and gay couples are still fighting for social acceptance. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at what same-sex couples in Washoe County can look forward to before and after they say “I do.”    

Nevada Department of Transportation

The Nevada Department of Transportation reports a 60 percent spike in the number bicycle fatalities compared to the same time last year.

There have been eight bicycle fatalities in Nevada so far this year. As of August 2014, there were only five: Three in Washoe County and one in Clark and Lyon Counties respectively. Every fatality thus far in 2015 has occurred in Clark. That’s a 700% increase for that area. NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s happening but…

Mick Akers / Pahrump Valley Times

The Nye Regional Medical Center in Tonopah, Nevada closed its doors for good on Friday due to financial constraints.  Officials now have to find another way to serve residents in this area. 

The ten-bed hospital was the only medical center in a 100 mile radius and served residents in both Nye and Esmerelda Counties. Now the closest medical centers are in Bishop, California, or in Hawthorne, Battle Mountain and Fallon, Nevada. But officials with the Nye County Emergency Management Office, in concert with neighboring response teams, have devised a plan.

Esther Ciammachilli

Students at UNR go back to school today, many of them student athletes. On the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about children participating in organized sports and sports medicine at UNR. Our guests are Dr. Arthur A. Islas, director of the sports medicine fellowship and the team physician for Wolf Pack Athletics. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Esther Ciammachilli

A record number of students descended upon the University of Nevada, Reno Thursday as another exciting year of higher education begins. 

Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Casinos across the country including Nevada, are urging Congress to pass legislation that would expand cyber-security protections for the gaming industry.  

UNSOM Health Watch: New Surgical Training Lab

Aug 19, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

In this University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we’re talking about a new surgical training lab at the School of Medicine that allows local surgeons to practice new procedures and technology on donated cadavers. Joining us to talk about this are Dr. Carl Sievert, a professor of physiology and cell biology and head anatomy instructor for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the division of health sciences and School of Medicine.

Kathy Baldock

Kathy Baldock is an Evangelical Christian who advocates on behalf of the LGBT community for equality and acceptance in conservative Christian churches. Her new book, “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community” details the rocky history of homosexuality in America, how the Bible is used as a tool for exclusion, and what she and her colleagues are doing to change this conversation. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli sat down with Baldock to learn more. 

Esther Ciammachilli

Seventy-one year-old Frank Bozanich began his long-distance running career in 1969 when he came home from Vietnam. He says running helps him cope with the residual traumas of war. Today, he lives in Reno and will be competing in the 2015 Senior Summer Games. He stopped by to talk to Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli about his decades-long running career and why the upcoming Olympic style competition is a critical tool for promoting senior health.

Senator Harry Reid announced Monday that Nevada fire departments received more than $2.7 million in federal grant money to help boost fire emergency response staff and purchase much needed equipment.

The grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and will enhance first responders’ ability to react to fire-related emergencies by providing additional equipment and staffing.