Marcus Lavergne

Reporter

Marcus started as an intern with KUNR in August 2015 and now works as a part-time reporter. He’s a senior journalism student with The Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno and three-time recipient of the Nevada Broadcaster Association’s Tony and Linda Bonnici Scholarship. Marcus also practices photography and writes for The Nevada Sagebrush, UNR’s college paper.

Marcus has a strong desire to make a career for himself in public radio. He’s also passionate about traveling, exploring different cultures, and telling stories around the world. 

When he’s not hitting the books or sitting behind the mic, Marcus enjoys cooking and creating new recipes, dining with friends, and visiting family. 

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Several times a year, a large lobby within the Reno Buddhist center in Midtown transforms for a special dining experience. The dinners  are set up so that people are able to pay what they can afford, but even if guests have nothing they aren't turned away. Our Reno Public Radio reporter, Marcus Lavergne, attended the Center’s Cuban night to learn what the unique feasts are all about.  

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Donald J. Trump, the black-sheep Republican presidential nominee, surprised the nation with a convincing upset victory over Democrat Hillary R. Clinton Tuesday night. Nevada, a battleground state, turned blue for the third time since the 2008 election, but the state's 6 votes did not deny the candidate the electoral win, although Clinton claimed the popular vote early Wednesday morning.

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Following a tribal voting rights hearing in a federal court in Nevada, a judge will decide on a request to order election officials to put satellite polling places at two Native American communities.

Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports.

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With early election voting fast approaching, two Native American tribes in Nevada are suing the state after having their requests for on-site voter registration and polling places declined. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne has more on the obstacles they're facing.

Last month's requests, made by the Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute Tribes, were declined because they were "logistically unfeasible so close to the Nov. 8 election date."

That's according to Washoe County Registrar Luanne Cutler.

More than $11.5 million worth of widely-anticipated Mackay Stadium renovations at the University of Nevada are open to the public. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports.

Notable new features of the stadium include an 8,000 square-foot club level, which can be rented out for different events throughout the year as well as a new multi-million dollar video-sound system, a long awaited improvement.

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State officials have released a report showing West Nile Virus infections in two horses. The infections found in Churchill and Clark Counties indicate some risk for humans and other horses, but Nevada's head veterinarian says there is no cause for alarm. 

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Research by the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that rising temperatures are causing snow to melt earlier in the year, and that's not good news.

The Truckee Meadows depends on runoff from snowmelt to fill its reservoirs and streams for drinking, agriculture and recreation.

Rising temperatures are causing snow to melt earlier in the year, when days are shorter and there’s less sunlight to melt the snow. This slows down the process, which means evaporation increases and less water makes it to regional reservoirs.

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On its 30th anniversary, the popular Reno-Sparks annual car festival, Hot August Nights, is back for the weekend. The event attracts people from all over the world to a place a place of car enthusiast camaraderie where they can view vast classic car collections and sell their wares. Our reporter Marcus Lavergne went to one exhibition at the Livestock Event Center and put together this audio postcard:

For more on the  Hot August Nights events happening this weekend head to: https://hotaugustnights.net/.

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A partnership between The Boeing Company’s unmanned aircraft systems design team, Insitu, and the University of Nevada, Reno could help improve the way drones fly. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

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Because of community concerns involving the cost of some services at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, Elko County Commissioners are asking hospital officials to re-evaluate their pricing. 

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