Esther Ciammachilli

Afternoon Host/News

Esther began her career with KUNR in March of 2013, having made the transition from commercial radio where she began her broadcast journey in 2011. Esther received her degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014. 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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Nevada health officials say immunization rates among children in Nevada are a mixed bag. 

The good news is Nevada has improved to 39th in the nation for the percentage of children who receive vaccinations for tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis. That’s up from 49th just a decade ago. The state has also seen a jump in MMR vaccinations, which is the virus that causes measles.

However, Nevada is 49th for infant immunizations. Only 60 percent of children ages 19 months to three years have received all recommended vaccinations. The national average is about 70 percent.

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In this installment of the UNR health watch, we talk about childhood immunizations and public health policy with John Packham, Ph.D., director of health policy research at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Leading this discussion is Susan Hill, director of marketing and communications at School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is expanding their Reserve Deputy Program. 

The program allows volunteers the chance to protect and serve their community as secondary law enforcement officers. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is expanding this program in an effort to save money. Sheriff Chuck Allen says when he took office in November, there were less than ten reserve deputies in Washoe County.  

“My goal is to ultimately have 60 trained men and women from the community who are willing to serve in a variety of capacities.”

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The Nevada Assembly rejected a bill last night (Tuesday) that would have required students to use school bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex.

The highly controversial AB375 was marginally voted down in a 22-20 vote with five Republicans and all Democrats opposed.

Republican Assemblywoman Vicki Dooling was the bill's main sponsor.

"This bill will bring privacy and safety for all children," Dooling said.

Lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at helping Nevada collect more tax revenue from online retailers.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill yesterday (Tuesday), and the Assembly passed an identical measure.

The U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause prevents states from requiring a merchant to collect and turn over sales tax unless the business has a substantial base in that state.

Obesity rates in the United States have doubled in children and nearly quadrupled in adolescents since the 1980s. That's according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. And as Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports, Nevada ranks high among states with the worst rates. 

Nevada has the 16th highest childhood obesity rate in the nation, with more than 33 percent of children ages 2-19 dealing with this condition.  

UNR Health Watch: Childhood Obesity

Apr 20, 2015
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Today on the University of Nevada Health Watch, we look at ways to prevent and treat childhood obesity with Dr. Stephanie Wright. She’s a practicing physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.  Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and organizations want to raise awareness about the services available to help these victims.  Amanda Haboush-Deloye with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada says awareness helps encourage victims and others to report cases of suspected child abuse. She says the majority of cases in the state involve children under the age of five. Some of the telltale signs of neglect include...

"Lack of supervision," Haboush-Deloye says. "Not having the appropriate food or nutrients in the house. Living in an unsafe or an unclean environment."

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The deadline to file taxes was this week and a new analysis examines exactly where Nevada's federal income tax dollars are going. 

Lindsay Koshgarian is a research director with the nonpartisan National Priorities Project, which tracks tax money and how it's spent. She says the average Nevada resident paid more than 12 thousand dollars in federal taxes last year, with the biggest chunk funding national defense.

The boat launch at Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor near Incline Village is closed until further notice. Due to a dismal snowpack, water level at the lake is lower than normal.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Supervisor Jay Howard says that isn’t likely to change.

“Given the recent snowpack totals of three percent of average that just recently came out, and given what I see in the backcountry when I’m able to go back there, I just don’t expect a whole lot of run-off to occur,” Howard says.