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.



Real ID
9:56 am
Wed February 25, 2015

New Nevada Driver's License Causing Privacy Concerns

The Real ID Driver's License (L) will include a gold star in the top right corner and will allow you access to commercial airlines and federal buildings. The Standard License (R) can limit your access to these because it says NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE. Entities such as TSA have the authority to deny people with the Standard ID access to airplanes.
Credit Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

For the last decade, driver’s licenses in Nevada and a handful of other states have not complied with federal law. The DMV is fixing the issue now, but the new IDs are causing privacy concerns.

Back in 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, requiring states to perform a federal background check before issuing a driver’s license.  The law was a response to the global war on terror, but it’s taken some states - like Nevada – a long time to catch up.

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Business + Economy
8:49 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Reno's MidTown District: One Young Bar Owner's Story

Credit Alexa Ard

When KJ Flippen took over as the owner of the Zephyr Bar in 2011, it was in his words, "a dive." Today, it's a thriving lounge located in the heart of MidTown. Flippen talks with Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli about the Z-Bar's transformation and what it's like to be a young entrepreneur.

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UNR Sports Part Three
2:36 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

AD Doug Knuth At Crossroads Of UNR Sports

Outside John Sala Intramural Practice Field

UNR has several successful sports programs even though many of them lack proper training facilities. This is the final part of KUNR's in-depth look at UNR's sports programs and facilities and how they impact each other.

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Reno Bighorns
11:37 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Bighorns' "System" Helps Them Break D-League Scoring Record

Reno Bighorns' Coach David Arseneault Jr. He and his father invented "the System," a fast-paced, high-scoring basketball strategy.
Credit Reno Bighorns

The Reno Bighorns broke an NBA Development League record last Saturday when they scored 157 points in a game, improving on their previous best of 155. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli stopped by one of their practices to find out how they’re making this happen.

It’s called “the System” and it’s the brainchild of Reno Bighorns’ coach David Arseneault Jr. and his father, who coaches college basketball in Iowa. Those familiar with this method sum it up in three words. 

“Run and gun style; run and gun; run and gun."

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UNR Sports
4:24 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Unusable Tennis Courts; UNR Rifle Trains In Shipping Containers

UNR's tennis courts are crumbling and unsafe and therefore, unusable. In the background, the east bleachers at Mackay Stadium which will soon be renovated for a safer and more comfortable game day experience.

Part two of our series on UNR's sports programs and facilities and how they impact each other. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli toured the campus with Athletic Director Doug Knuth. This segment features the crumbling and unusable tennis complex and the shipping containers that inconspicuously house the rifle team's training and competition site. 

Next week on Beyond the Headlines, the final installment of our series on UNR's sports programs and facilities. We'll take a look at a complex located across the track from the school. 

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A bigger outbreak
11:07 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Measles Not Biggest Threat to Nevada Public Health, Official Says

We've been hearing a lot about the measles outbreak in California, but there's an even bigger threat to public health in Nevada that's not being talked about.

There have been 79 cases of measles diagnosed in California; 52 of those traced back to the outbreak at Disneyland. That's according to the state's Department of Public Health. But one health official says, although cause for concern, this is not the only disease Nevadans should be worried about.

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UNR Sports
3:19 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Upgrades to Mackay Stadium, other UNR sports "home" less

Metal bleachers at Mackay Stadium will soon be replaced with plastic chairs that have backs and arm rests for a more comfortable game day experience.

Mackay Stadium at UNR is in serious need to renovations and upgrades and a new $11 million dollar loan is going to fix it.  Doug Knuth, Director of Athletics at UNR took Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli to the football field to explain exactly what the school plans to do with this money and how they'll pay it back. 

This is part one in a series where we explore several of UNR's sports programs and facilities - including women's track, tennis and rifle - and how they impact each other.

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Mormons and Gays
10:07 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Mormon Church: "Love and Accept" LGBT Members, Community

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple, Reno, NV.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 35 states, including Nevada, Utah and Idaho. All are strongholds of the Mormon Church – long an opponent of gay rights. But, Mormons are now attempting to show more acceptance of gay people both in - and out - of the Church.

In 2012, the Mormon Church launched a new website called  It outlines the Church’s new perspective on same-sex attraction and features several video testimonies from members.

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tobacco prevention NV
11:21 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Nevada 42nd in Tobacco Prevention Funding

Nevada ranks 42nd in the nation for tobacco-prevention funding. That's according to a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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Low Gas Prices
12:13 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Low gas prices could hurt air quality, officials say

Gas pump handle

Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low through 2015. This could be a benefit to Nevada's economy, but the extra driving has some environmental and air quality officials worried.

Low gas prices may be leaving Nevadans with extra money in their pockets, but more driving could mean more air pollution. Will Toor with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project says research shows that in the past few years Nevadans are driving less in favor of public transportation, bicycling and walking. Despite gas prices being low right now, Toor is hopeful that this trend will continue.

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