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.



Child Abuse Awareness
1:56 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Awareness Is Key To Curbing Child Abuse, Officials Say


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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Nevada Federal Tax Dollars
10:03 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Majority Of Nevada Federal Tax Dollars Fund National Defense

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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.

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Local Stories
1:32 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Sand Harbor Boat Launch: Closed Until Further Notice

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.

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Fit to Fly
10:30 am
Mon April 13, 2015

UNR Health Watch: "Fit To Fly"

Dr. Melissa Piasecki, professor of psychiatry and executive associate dean for the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Credit Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada, Reno health watch, we talk to Dr. Melissa Piasecki about the role of a forensic psychiatrist in evaluating whether pilots are "fit to fly." Dr. Piasecki is a practicing forensic psychiatrist with expertise in ethical and legal issues in medicine, fitness for duty evaluations for professionals, and suicide and suicide prevention.  She talks with Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.    

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Medical Education
4:14 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Medical School Expansion Could Help Nevada's Doctor Shortage


The University Of Nevada School Of Medicine is hoping to expand its medical residencies and fellowship programs, with help from Governor Brian Sandoval's proposed budget.

The plan includes 10 million dollars to create more resident opportunities in Nevada.

Dr. Thomas Schwenk is Dean of the School of Medicine. He says this could help fight the state's doctor shortage.  “And we know that where residents train and where fellows train is where they generally end up staying to practice, so we want to expand these capabilities significantly.”

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Hunger Nevada
2:37 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Hunger A Consistent Problem For One In Six Nevadans

Credit Federal Emergency Management Agency

One in six people – or 17 percent of Nevadans – live with hunger on an ongoing basis. 

That's according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Jocelyn Lantrip is with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. She says many of her clients are families where one or both parents work multiple low-wage, part-time jobs, and still struggle.

"They're still having to choose between their rent and food, or medical care and food, and those are tough choices."

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Safest Bridges
4:14 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Report Shows Nevada Has Best Bridges In The Country

Galena Creek Bridge
Credit Nevada Department of Transportation

A recent report shows Nevada has the safest bridges in the country. 

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reports that of the state's 19-hundred public bridges only two-percent have structural problems. That's the lowest rate in the nation.

Meg Ragonese with the state Department of Transportation says Nevada's warm, dry weather helps maintain this structural integrity.

"We in Nevada and our neighboring states, of course, have a different climate, a drier climate, that helps sustain the bridge infrastructure a little more than wet climates."

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Medical Education
12:55 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

UNR Health Watch: Expanding Medical Education in Nevada

Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk is a professor of family medicine and dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

In this installment of the UNR Health Watch, a discussion about expanding medical education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine with Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk, dean of the School of Medicine. Leading this discussion is Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.  

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Personalized License Plates
10:21 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Nevada's Curious Fascination With Personalized License Plates

"ODDDUCK" pronounced "Odd Duck," belongs to Reno resident Pam Gormley. Have you seen her around town?

If you’ve spent any time driving around Washoe County than you may have noticed lots of personalized license plates, with messages like "FAROUT" or "NSPIRE". Reno Public Radio explores these public displays of personality and the local fascination behind them. 

No one knows more about personalized license plates than Eric Hackett.

“I started photo-documenting personalized license plates in 1998.”

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Nevada State Prison
10:33 am
Wed April 1, 2015

The Future Of The Historic Nevada State Prison

Main entrance to the Nevada State Prison

The historic Nevada State Prison in Carson City is one step closer to becoming a Silver State monument now that the license plate factory on that campus is closing.

Opened in 1862, the Nevada State Prison is actually older than the state. It was also home to the territory’s first Legislative offices as well as the first government-sanctioned gas chamber in the country. The rock quarry on its grounds provided material for several buildings that still stand in Carson City.

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