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, the newsroom has been earning news awards under her leadership, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for reporting on Tesla's impact on Northern Nevada and the ongoing drought. Her team has also earned several awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, which covers 13 Western states, for hard news reporting, best use of sound, best spot news, and other categories. 

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

Ways to Connect

An exhibit on the art of gaming has opened at UNR's Knowledge Center, in partnership with Artown, the month-long celebration of the arts in Reno. For our local news segment Beyond the Headlines, KUNR's Michelle Bliss spoke to Donnelyn Curtis, the head of special collections for the library, about this unique collection of sculptures, showgirl costumes, neon signs, and many other artifacts of the local gambling industry.

Artown, the month-long celebration of the arts in Reno, kicked off this week with events showcasing everything from film and music to visual art and spoken word. KUNR’s Michelle Bliss attended a poetry performance by members of the Spoken Views Collective and has this audio postcard.