Jacob Solis

Student Reporter

Jacob is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying journalism and political science. Before coming to KUNR in the fall of 2017, Jacob worked for KNPR as a reporter covering Nevada’s 2017 legislative session in Carson City. He has also been a writer and editor for UNR’s student-run newspaper, The Nevada Sagebrush, since 2014.

A Las Vegas native, Jacob is a long-time super-fan of all things public radio. When he’s not out covering stories, he’ll spend his free time catching up on a book, compulsively listening to podcasts, bingeing Veep and learning how not to cook so badly. 

Episode 8 - Motels and Dorms

In this episode, Joey has a guest co-host reporter Jacob Solis. You'll hear from Paul Boger as he talks about daily motels and the impact they are having on the affordable housing problem in the area. Later on in the episode, Jacob has a story about the city's plans to build dorm-style living in Reno, and he wraps up with a debrief with Joey.

The Sage Street site.
Jacob Solis

Among the people hit hardest by Reno's affordable housing crunch are the city's lowest income residents. Rising rents are often pushing people out of apartments or motels and onto to the street. But now, in downtown Reno, there's a project to create a new safety net.  

BONUS - Pets and Housing

We've got a special bonus episode of the podcast this week. Joey is joined by a special cohost, Jacob Solis. First, we will hear a story from Bree Zender about pets and how they impact renters. Then Jacob talks with the SPCA to find out more about how the housing crunch is impacting pet owners and pet adoptions.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks at an event
Jacob Solis

On the same day President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas for the state Republican convention, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren headlined the Democratic event in Reno. Her appearance comes at a crucial time for state Democrats who have to decide just how progressive they want to be in the run-up to this November's general election. 

It's primary season again, and while much of the attention is focused on top-of-the ticket races, especially U.S. senator and governor, there's still a fight to control Nevada's state legislature.

There are 42 seats in Nevada's Assembly, and just like the U.S. House of Representatives, each and every seat is up for grabs in every election cycle. 

Photo of high school lockers.
Alexa Ard

The Washoe County school board has had its fair share of controversy, with everything from budget woes to serious allegations against individual members. And now, three seats on the board are up for grabs. Our reporter Jacob Solis sat down with Sam Gross, education reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal, to find out more. 

Krysta Scripter

For years after the recession, there were zero new homes built in Fernley, which was dubbed the foreclosure capital of the US. In 2017, there were more than 200. It's part of a larger trend as people start to look outside of Reno/Sparks for a place they can afford to live. Our reporter Jacob Solis spoke to an official in Fernley to find out more.

A leasing sign near UNR
Jacob Solis

In the last few years, the University of Nevada, Reno, saw a spike in enrollment even as nationwide numbers decline. But with that increase in students comes another problem; where are they all supposed to live? And as Reno Public Radio's Jacob Solis reports, the answer is not so simple.

A Flirtey drone flies during a test
Flirtey/CC 3.0

Reno will soon see the use of commercial drones to deliver medical devices. The biggest little city will take part in a nationwide pilot program meant to test out the use of commercial drones -- think drones delivering packages. 

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