Esther Ciammachilli

Afternoon Host/News

Esther began her career with KUNR in March of 2013, 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. 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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The Nevada Department of Agriculture recently decided to dissolve its organic certification program, which will officially end next year. Now, producers who were certified though the state will have to find another option or risk losing organic status. That’s why a group has banded together to form a new in-state organic organization. But, as Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports, they have their work cut out for them and it’s not clear if they’ll be ready on time.

“Sweet peppers, eggplants, Armenian cucumbers.”

Kim Shiflett / NASA

Two federal agencies are teaming up in effort to help farmers in Nevada and other parts of the county better predict and prepare for an increasingly dry future.

Farm industry officials in Nevada say a more innovative and accurate drought response system can help production efforts going forward. That's where a new partnership between the US Department of Agriculture and NASA comes in. The agencies are expanding the use of satellite technology to gather data on soil moisture and create space-borne maps showing drought effects in specific regions.

Nevada Department of Transportation

Fatal road accidents in Nevada have increased in the last year. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic related deaths in Nevada have increased 10 percent over the same time a year ago. This overturns data that actually showed a twelve percent decrease in the state's road fatality rate in the last decade. 

Officials with the Nevada Department of Public Safety blame excessive speed for this increase. According to the agency's Zero Fatalities website, a total of 163 traffic related deaths have occurred since January of this year.

In this installment of the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we're talking about trends in opioid use, public health interaction and highlights of a new law that addresses opioid overdose. Our guests are Dr. Karla Wagner, an Assistant Professor at the School of Community Health Sciences at the  University of Nevada, Reno, and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Esther Ciammachilli

A new Nevada law is aimed at expanding care and increasing prevention of drug overdoses from prescription opioids. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachili has more. 

The law is a response to the recent nationwide spike in fatal overdoses on prescription painkillers and other opioids like heroin. 

The act goes into effect on October 1 and will allow doctors to write third-party prescriptions for drugs like naloxone that counteract the effects of opioids. Dr. Karla Wagner is with the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR.

UNSOM Health Watch: Anatomic Pathology

Jul 10, 2015

In this installment of the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, a discussion about anatomic pathology and the new educational partnership between the School of Medicine and Aurora Diagnostics to expand and enhance teaching and clinical research in northern Nevada. Joining us is Dr. Marcus Erling, the new interim chair and professor of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and managing director of Aurora Diagnostic Western Pathology, and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine.

   

Truckee Meadows Water Authority

Recent rains and customer response to a voluntary request for a reduction in water use has resulted in more good news for the local water supply. 

Truckee Meadows Water Authority reports water production for the month of June was 10 and half percent lower compared to June of 2013.  Factoring in May consumption figures, which were down 19% compared to the same month in 2013, a total of 817 million gallons have been saved by TMWA customers so far. 

Reno Little Theater

Reno Little Theater is in the middle of its 80th season. In honor of its big birthday as well as celebrating 20 years of Artown, RLT will perform its first musical in over a decade. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli stopped by one of RLT’s rehearsals to learn more about the upcoming production and why musicals were on hold for so long.  

Dressed in street clothes just minutes before a full run-through, the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is rehearsing the opening number.

Franz Szony

Every year, Artown commissions one local artist to create a unique image for the event poster that can be seen all over town. It’s a time-honored tradition and this year’s 20th anniversary poster was given to artist and Reno native, Franz Szony.  Szony’s work is also on display all month at Sierra Arts Foundation. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli caught up with him at the gallery as he was setting up his show to talk about his work, his time as a young art student in Reno and what inspires him.   

You may not know this, but there’s an art to hanging art.

Arts for Nevada

Actress/singer Betty Buckley will be performing in Reno on July 9th kicking off Artown’s Summer Soiree under the Stars Music Series.

Buckley’s award-winning career spans nearly five decades and includes stage, film and television work.  Dubbed the Voice of Broadway, she won a Tony Award in 1983 for her role as Grizabella in the original Broadway cast of Cats. You just heard Buckley singing her anthem “Memory” from the musical, which was written by Andrew Lloyd-Weber. 

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