Esther Ciammachilli

KUNR Alum -- Moved to WBHM, Birmingham, AL

Esther is a KUNR alum, who left the station in mid-October to take the afternoon host position at WBHM public radio in the much larger market of Birmingham, AL. She's excited for the career opportunity, where she will also be closer to family. 

She began her career with KUNR in March of 2013 as a part-time broadcaster, having made the transition from commercial radio. 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.

We wish Esther all the best in her broadcast career.

 

Ways to Connect

Reno Little Theater has a free Latin American cultural festival set for tomorrow with food, live music, theater, art and storytelling.  It’s an open house to kick off “La Gente: Latino Theater at RLT.”  

Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we’re talking about geriatric medicine and dementia. Our guests are Dr. Alia Tuqan. She’s a practicing geriatrician and assistant professor of internal medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Esther Ciammachilli

Businesses and real estate around the Sparks Marina took a hard hit after the recession and both have been slow to regain momentum. That, together with some high-profile ecological issues, has left many in the area with mixed perceptions about the health and vitality of this lake community. For our series, Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways, Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports.

Lisa G. is known as the Mayor of the Sparks Marina. She’s the owner of Marina Paddle Fit, one of the only businesses currently open there. Lisa takes great pride in this lake.

Esther Ciammachilli

In this installment of the UNSOM health watch, we’re talking about new research being done to treat breast cancer and a recent breakthrough discovery made by doctors and scientists at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Joining us to talk about this new finding is Dr. Iain Buxton, a research scientist and professor of Pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and he serves as chairman of the Department of Pharmacology. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

The Nevada State Prison in Carson City has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

The Nevada state prison dates back to 1862 and housed inmates for 150 years before shuttering its doors a few years ago because of budget cuts. 

Esther Ciammachilli

A team of scientists and business leaders from the Desert Research Institute in Reno is trying to change the way businesses make decisions that may be impacted by extreme weather. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

On a rainbow-colored map of the Las Vegas Strip, scientist Andrew Joros explains the focus of the new WINDS platform, which stands for Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support

“Let’s say I want a time series of any kind of meteorological variable over the MGM. You can pull it up like this.”

Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about the new E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center that is currently under construction of the University of Nevada Reno campus and importance of student health and fitness. Our guests are Jim Fitzsimmons, director of campus recreation and wellness at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

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Truckee Meadows Community College will use a $4.3 million gift to help high school students prepare for jobs in what is shaping up to be a demanding technical industry in northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has that story.

The grant is the largest gift TMCC has ever received. The money will allow the school to inaugurate the Technical Pathway program and begin the second phase of renovations to the Edison site, the school’s center for technical training.

Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch we’re talking about the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at UNR and the wide range of diagnostic and analytical services it performs to support state and national public health disease prevention and environmental health. Our guests are Stephanie Van Hooser, administrative director for the lab and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An infectious disease testing laboratory in Reno was the first to spot the correlation between sick residents and cucumbers tainted with bacteria, an epidemic that has now hit 31 states. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

At this point, 418 people including nine in Nevada have gotten sick from the bacteria Salmonella Poona. But before the CDC knew what was causing the outbreak, the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory was working to solve this problem.

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