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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Academic Progress Rate
10:36 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Academic Progress Rate: How Nevada's "student-athletes" fare scholastically

Credit NCAA.com

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds all Division I schools accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete per term.  Every semester, each athlete receives one point for remaining eligible to play, and one point for returning to school, for a total of two points per athlete, per team.  The APR has been in place for ten years now and since its launch, the NCAA is reporting more than 13,000 student-athletes have returned to

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Medical School expansion
9:59 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Health Watch: School of Medicine dean discusses medical education expansion in Nevada

In this segment of the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill talks about expanding medical education in Nevada with Dr. Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the School of Medicine and vice-president of the Division of Heath Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Transgender health coverage
10:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Nevada's PEBP weighing cost of transgender health coverage

Nevada’s Public Employee Benefit Program, or PEBP, board is currently looking into the cost and benefits of providing transgender health coverage.

Last month, Brock Maylath, president of the Transgender Allies Group in Reno, spoke to the PEBP board asking members to remove a provision that states,

“Any treatment designed to alter physical characteristics of you to those of the opposite sex and any other services, treatments, drugs, or diagnostic procedures or studies related to sex transformations are excluded.”

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Local Stories
3:20 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

New photo ID system: Catholic Charities says getting help will be easier for those in need

Volunteers packing food at St. Vincent's Food Pantry
Credit Photo by Anh Gray

There’s an array of social support that a person living in poverty may need, like access to a shelter, a food pantry or health care. But actually getting those services can be challenging and time consuming. Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada began using a new photo ID system this month to make getting this type of help much easier.

On a typical day, roughly 800 people come through the doors of the St. Vincent’s food pantry in downtown Reno. Michael Robbins is one of about two dozen people waiting to pick up a box of canned foods and some fruit.

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Ebola Update
10:43 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Health Watch: An Ebola Update from Dr. James Wilson

Credit Photo by Anh Gray

Today on the health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Susan Hill gets an update on Ebola and discusses preparations for viral illnesses in Nevada with Dr. James Wilson, director of the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting at the University of Nevada School of Medicine at UNR.

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Women Who Code
10:04 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Local Group Wants to Get More Females Involved in Technology

Credit Women Who Code Meetup

Recently, there’s been a big push nationwide to get more females involved in technology and STEM career paths; STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Studies have shown that women who work in STEM fields earn an average of 33% more than women in non-STEM fields.  But females are still underrepresented in these jobs especially in the state of Nevada.  This is an interview with Khara Muniz, co-founder of the Reno/Tahoe Chapter of Women Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.  

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Local Stories
9:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

New photo ID system: Catholic Charities says getting help will be easier for those in need

Volunteers packing food at St. Vincent's Food Pantry
Credit Photo by Anh Gray

There’s an array of social support that a person living in poverty may need, like access to a shelter, a food pantry or health care. But actually getting those services can be challenging and time consuming. Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada began using a new photo ID system this month to make getting this type of help much easier.

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Gardens Express
12:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Great Full Gardens Restaurant to Open at UNR

Gino Scala, also known as "Gino the Soup Man," is co-owner of Great Full Gardens in the Midtown District, and soon to be the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR.

This is a new segment from Beyond the Headlines called “Reno Eats” where we explore the diverse restaurants in the community and the people who bring that food to the table.  To kick off this new segment,  Gino Scala, one of the owners of Great Full Gardens in the Midtown District was here to talk about the new Great Full Gardens Express opening this month (October) in the Joe Crowley Student Union at University of Nevada, Reno.

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Suicide prevention services
12:09 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Health Watch: Suicide Prevention Sevices in Northern Nevada

Dr. Erin Grinshteyn

In this installment of the health watch, Richelle O'Driscoll talks with Dr. Erin Grinshteyn, assistant professor of health administration and policy at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, about suicide prevention efforts in northern Nevada communities.

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Local Stories
10:19 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Expert says Ebola threat to Nevada is low

"Defeat Ebola in Zaire and the world!" This t-shirt message written in French is hanging in the window of Dr. Jim Wilson's office at UNR.
Credit Photo by Anh Gray

This week the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola in the U.S. raising questions across the country about how serious that threat really is for Americans. Despite heightened concerns, risks remain low for Nevada.

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