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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Local Stories
4:35 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Nevada receives "C" grade for high number of preterm births

Earlier this month, Nevada received a “C” grade from the March of Dimes for its high number of preterm births. Statewide about 1 out of every 8 women give birth before their babies reach 37 weeks.

A March of Dimes report found the premature birth rate in Nevada to be 12.6 percent, more than one percent higher than the national average. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths nationwide and the last few weeks in the womb are crucial.

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Local Stories
10:02 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Study finds Nevada lacking in skilled workers for Tesla gigafactory

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Acccording to a recent study, Nevada doesn’t have enough skilled workers to fill high-tech jobs, like the ones Tesla Motors will need for its gigafactory.  

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Reduce poverty Nevada
1:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

"Two-generation approach" Could curb poverty in Nevada, U.S.

Working with parents and children together, rather than separately, may help advance efforts to end the cycle of poverty in Nevada and across the U.S., is the finding of a new report.
Credit Photo courtesy Nevada Dept. of Health and Human Services

Working with parents and children together, rather than separately, may help advance efforts to end the cycle of poverty in Nevada and across the U.S., is the finding of a new report.

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Uninsured Hispanic Children
12:51 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

One in five Hispanic children in Nevada are uninsured

One in five Hispanic children in Nevada does not have health insurance, and a new report suggests the state could be doing more to reach out to parents.
Credit Photo courtesy of Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Nevada, 20 percent of Hispanic children don't have health insurance, compared to 15 percent of Nevada kids overall, and a new report says the state could be doing more to reach out to Hispanic families. 

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Local Stories
4:35 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Reno airport to add nonstop flights to London during ski season

Flights between Reno and Europe have never been available, but that’s changing next year with nonstop service to and from London. This is part of the Reno airport’s strategy to raise its international profile.

This new addition comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Reno-Tahoe International Airport will be offering nonstop flights to Guadalajara, Mexico. The flight which is set to begin this December will be the first time in 15 years the airport has offered international travel.

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Virginia City
3:15 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Virginia City: Before Nevada became a state

Before Nevada was a state, Virginia City was a successful mining town. Today, it's a Silver State tourist destination where people can see the territory the way it was in the mid-nineteenth century. Featured here is The Way it Was Museum, one of several museums in Virginia City.

On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the order making Nevada the 36th state.  But long before that, the territory was an integral part of the gold and silver rush.  Famous for its bountiful mineral deposits, Virginia City was a booming mining town and was the place to be in the mid-nineteenth century.  It’s a city shrouded in legend and folklore.  It attracted, presidents, famous entertainers and it even spawned a television show.  This is a special sesquicentennial report on the town that put Nevada on the map, Virginia City.
 

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Student Outreach Clinics
11:28 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Health Watch: UNR Med students offer free clinics to uninsured

In this health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks about the Student Outreach Clinics that are available to the community provided by medical students at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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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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