Joey Lovato

Student Reporter

Joey is a podcaster and producer based in Reno, specializing in long-form storytelling and news-based podcasts. Joey produces his own podcast called Nichepod, as well as two podcasts for The Nevada Independent. You can find Joey working on an audio piece, playing guitar, or hiking in the beautiful Sierra Nevadas. Joey was part of NPR’s NextGeneration Radio program. He has an affinity for public media and has worked with the local PBS station KNPB on the travel show “Wild Nevada.” He also worked at Australian Radio station 4EB FM as a reporter and producer. He is a senior at the Reynolds School of Journalism at UNR, with a focus on multimedia and a minor in economics.

A man wearing headphones behind a computer screen, appearing to play a video game
Courtesy Nevada Esports

The University of Nevada, Reno’s esports club, Nevada Esports, is one of the largest organizations on campus, and while it isn’t considered a sport at the university, many other schools are adding esports to their rosters.

Episode 6 - How Housing Is Tied To Food Insecurity

With housing insecurity comes food insecurity. This week we hear a story from community health reporter Anh Gray about the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the food pantries in the area. After that, Anh sits down and talks with Al Brislain the president and CEO of the food bank. Joey also gets a chance to hear from Anh about what she learned through her reporting, which allowed her to talk with many families on the brink.

Episode 5 - Health, Housing And Mental Illness

In this episode of Priced Out, Joey and Bree hear from reporter Anh Gray about how the housing situation is impacting the health of the community. Then Bree has a story on mental illness, talking to one mother looking for her son.

Episode 4 - Big Projects, Tiny Homes

Reporter Noah Glick goes to Battle Moutain and Western Nevada College to check out a few tiny homes. He chats with developers to see how these homes may be a solution to the housing crunch and what problems they faced along the way. Joey sits down to chat with Noah to get a better idea of these challenges, as well as get an idea of what the inside of a tiny home is like.

Episode 3 - Growing Student Body, Growing Housing Challenges

In this episode, Joey and Bree chat with reporter Jacob Solis and business reporter Noah Glick. Jacob's story is looking at the lack of student housing and how students are being impacted along with what the University of Nevada, Reno is doing. Noah talks with builders in the Reno area to find out what challenges they face during this housing crunch.

Bud Matlock poses in the senior center lunch room.
Anh Gray

Episode 2 - Senior Living In The Housing Crunch

In this week's episode of Priced Out, we take a look at how the housing crunch affects seniors with our reporter Anh Gray. She looks at one of the senior centers in Reno, where she talks to employees as well as seniors about their living situation. Joey then debriefs Anh about her experience.

A women, her two daughters, and their dog, stand outside their motel room
Krysta Scripter

Episode 1 - Motel Living And Explaining The Problem

The first episode of KUNR's inaugural podcast is here! Looking into the affordable housing problem in the area hosts Joey Lovato and Bree Zender air a piece exploring how the crunch is affecting the people behind the numbers as she follows a single mother who was forced to live in a motel in Carson City. Then, Bree interviews reporter Paul Boger about the issue as a whole.

Introducing Priced Out: A Podcast on Affordable Housing


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Joey Lovato

The infamous Fly Geyser, situated on the private land north of Gerlach, has been closed to the public for nearly two decades. But now, the land's new owners – the Burning Man Project – are opening the geyser for public viewing. Reporters Joey Lovato and Bree Zender got a rare chance to check out the Geyser. Take a virtual road trip to see the landmark that has been popular for nature photographers but rarely seen by the public.

Joey Lovato

Every year a group of women gets together to begin the journey of taking back their physical and mental health, after battling breast cancer. They work out nearly every day for six months to prepare for a bodybuilding competition called Breast Cancer to Bikini. KUNR’s Joey Lovato has more.

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