Holly Hutchings

Student Reporter

Holly is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying journalism and political science. Holly moved to Reno three years ago for better educational opportunities for her kids and decided it was a good time to finish her education, as well. Holly has always longed to be a news person. In her years as a stay-at-home mom to young children she scratched that itch by freelance writing for various businesses. She is thrilled to now be graduating and entering the journalism world. She loves public radio for its unbiased search for truth and accessibility to all. She loves learning about people and helping share their stories. Holly joined KUNR in the summer of 2017, reporting on arts and culture.  When not working at the station, Holly is usually driving her three sons to different activities, working on her personal podcast or trying out a new Reno restaurant with her husband. Her best days are those spent hanging out with her family

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The Stewart Indian School in Carson City opened in 1890. Like similar schools across the country, the original goal was to assimilate Native American children and eliminate their culture and traditions. It closed its doors 90 years later in 1980. On Wednesday, alumni, tribal leaders and government officials gathered for a blessing ceremony for the future Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum, which will open next year. Our reporter Holly Hutchings has the story.

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The Reno Rodeo is now in its 99th year. On top of the organization's ten-day annual event, the group also aims to pass down skills and Western culture to the next generation. This year, they partnered with Artown to hold their first-ever kids' rodeo and storytelling event. Our reporter Holly Hutchings was there.

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The city of Sparks was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and they hope residents will have a say in how to spend it. The city’s Special Event Supervisor Francine Burge sat down with our reporter, Holly Hutchings, to talk about building the city’s art programs.

Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California is a common destination for 5th and 6th graders from Washoe County. They study STEAM education and team building with Sierra Nevada Journeys, which owns the camp. But come June, the ranch is summer camp central, hosting groups like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which recently brought 51 campers.

Sierra Nevada Journeys at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California is a unique summer camp that welcomes children with disabilities to do activities that they would otherwise not be able to do. The camp is ADA accessible, and hosts groups like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which recently brought 51 campers. 

"Nothing here they have to say 'no' to. They don't have to think about whether or not they have the abilities to," says Peyton Avarrette, the care specialist for the Sacramento Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

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Teenagers hoping to clinch the title of state champion for the Poetry Out Loud program gathered last weekend at a competition in Reno. Our reporter Holly Hutchings was there and has the story.

Nine high school students take turns standing on stage at the KNPB studios in near darkness, illuminated only by a few lights aimed in their direction. They take their mark, facing rows of family members, strangers, and two tables of judges. Then, they deliver their words, some written hundreds of years ago.  

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Murals are popping up all over Midtown Reno and trickling into the downtown corridor as well. The city counts close to 60, making it easy to spot one. Our reporter Holly Hutchings talked with a tagger-turned-muralist who is beautifying the city one painting at a time. 

The murals are everywhere, covering fences, alleyways and entire sides of businesses. These huge pieces of free art are helping define a neighborhood that wasn’t always so appealing.

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Isolated geographically between the oceans and mountains, the Basque region between Spain and France has a rich food scene focusing on whole ingredients and flavorful spices.  KUNR’s Holly Hutchings visited a tasting in Sparks as part of Artown.

Strolling through the farmers market and vendor booths at Victorian Square, it’s easy to see Basque culture shine. Old proverbs line the walkways and people play games like corn cob tossing. You may even hear a traditional Basque war cry from a voice in the crowd.

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Volunteer typists will gather at Reno’s City Plaza to dictate messages from passersby who want to convey their thoughts to the president. Artist Shery Oring sat down with our Holly Hutchings to discuss her project, “I Wish to Say.”

Oring has spent the last thirteen years touring the country. On every stop, she collects post cards written by passersby that she sends to the White House. To date, she's mailed more than 3,200 of them from people of all backgrounds and political perspectives.

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Emma Sepulveda entered the United States after fleeing the 1973 military coup in Chile. Decades later, she directs the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Student reporter Holly Hutchings recently spoke to her for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Program about her first days in America.