Michelle Bliss

News Director

Michelle 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.

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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After nearly a year of gathering community input, Reno City Council has given the initial OK on new regulations for digital signs. A final vote is needed for approval and implementation.

To learn more about the proposed rules, KUNR's Michelle Bliss talked to Bob Conrad with our local media partner ThisisReno, who has been covering the story.

City of Sparks

For years now, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini has dealt privately with Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic movement disorder that gets worse over time. He recently opened up publicly about his diagnosis, which he learned four years ago. 

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Nevada education officials have awarded grants aimed at getting 134 students through fast-track teacher training programs in time for next school year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The Nevada Board of Education voted last week to award more than $2.3 million in scholarship money to six institutions with what are called Alternative Routes to Licensure programs, which allow people with bachelor's degrees to transition into teaching.

The grants are part of the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program introduced by Governor Brian Sandoval.

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After some heated back and forth, a local developer with properties near Virginia Lake is once again offering the City of Reno a hefty donation to help clean up that water, which has been plagued with issues for decades. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss takes us through the play-by-play of what's been happening. 

Biggest Little Snow!

Nov 10, 2015
Michelle Bliss

Check out these shots of the snow around Reno, and send us your own photos to news@kunr.org. 

Reno Public Radio has been examining mental health issues for children and young adults. Even as we report on new initiatives aimed at helping kids and college students cope, it's important to understand that access to mental healthcare in Nevada is hard to come by.

 Along with being a best-selling, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will soon be adapted for the screen. Hear author Rebecca Skloot's latest update on the project and why she said yes to HBO:


Rebecca Skloot’s debut book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks explores what happened when scientists took one woman’s cells without asking permission. Those cells soon sparked a medical revolution.

The New York Times best-selling author spoke at the University of Nevada, Reno Wednesday about her book for a lecture hosted by the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the University of Nevada, Reno Division of Health Sciences.


Leadership will soon change hands at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose ski area is armed with a slew of snow-makers, and as long as Mother Nature cooperates with cold, dry conditions, the resort will open this week. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

With advertising that reads El Nino Is Coming...Get Your Season Pass Today the Mount Rose ski area is banking on a better winter, finally.