Michelle Billman

News Director

Michelle Billman (formerly Bliss) moved to the Silver State from North Carolina where she led the award-winning public radio newsroom in Wilmington. During her time down South, Michelle earned two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for her coverage of local politics and the water contamination scandal at Camp Lejeune. She also completed her master's degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Here in Reno, she's garnered four news awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, which covers 13 Western states, for her reporting on the use of equine therapy for stressed out adults, how one organization in Truckee is helping athletes with life-altering injuries, and efforts by the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony to preserve their sacred cultural practices.

When she's not covering a local story, Michelle works on other nonfiction writing projects, which have appeared in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter

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The City of Reno has removed 68 benches from downtown using money from its blight fund. Officials say the project is in response to complaints of panhandling. 

Our reporter Bob Conrad has been covering this story for ThisisReno and says the reaction he's received from local advocates for the homeless has been overwhelmingly negative. It's also created some real questions.

Alexa Ard

The Nevada legislature will convene Thursday to continue evaluating a large public funding package for a new NFL stadium in Las Vegas. Joe Schoenmann with KNPR's State of Nevada joins our News Director Michelle Billman to share the latest.

The Nevada State Senate voted on Tuesday to forge ahead with a plan to provide $750 million of public money to a stadium that may house the NFL’s Raiders.

Alexa Ard

Western Nevada College is restoring nursing classes at its Fallon campus. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly has more.

A partnership between Churchill County, the U.S. Department of Labor and the college is making this change possible by allowing WNC to use a large laboratory space located one mile from the Fallon campus.

Some Republican politicians, including Congressman Joe Heck, are dropping their support for Donald Trump after old footage of Trump making lewd comments about women recently surfaced. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Billman reports.

Interview: The Trump Train Stops In Reno

Oct 5, 2016
Robert Petersen

We're about a month away from Election Day and Reno just had a visit from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday. Our News Director Michelle Billman was there and she relayed the details to our host Steve Shadley. Let's take a listen. 

Renown Health

Nevada will soon be home to a large-scale public health study focusing on personal genetic information. It's a combined-effort by Renown Health, the Desert Research Institute, and a genetic-testing company called 23andMe.

Amy Westervelt

The recent approval of the Martis Valley West development near Lake Tahoe has brought up concerns about how these types of construction projects are getting the green light from local jurisdictions.

In this specific case, the Placer County Planning Commission voted to deny the proposal while the county board of supervisors eventually sealed the deal by voting in favor.


Twitter is finally offering some wiggle room on its signature limit of 140 characters per tweet. Now, users can add certain items, like photos, polls, quote tweets, and videos without having those attachments run down their precious character counts.

Gloria Steinem is in Reno to promote her new book, but she also stopped by the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno Tuesday. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports.

Steinem spoke with about two dozen first-generation Latina students at UNR to campaign for Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. She says this is the first election she's seen that could be swayed by their vote.

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We recently reported on the first case of a zika pregnancy in Washoe County. To learn more about what this means for the community, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to Dr. Jim Wilson, who heads the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting at the University of Nevada, Reno.