Michelle Bliss


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 is often working on other nonfiction writing projects, which have appeared in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Outside of writing, Michelle enjoys watching Hokie football games, eating at diners, and hiking with her husband Scott and their three pups: Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.  In April of 2014, Michelle and Scott welcomed a new addition to the Bliss family: a baby girl!


Local Stories
10:49 am
Wed March 4, 2015

"It's Dismal" Says Health Official About Nevada's HPV Vaccination Rate

Credit Immunize Nevada

When we hear about HPV, the conversation often focuses on young women and the risk of cervical cancer. In reality, HPV is a much larger health crisis for women and men linked to many other diseases that we struggle to talk openly about, like vaginal and penile cancers.

But two women in Reno are ready to talk and their goal is prevention, since there is a vaccine for HPV deemed safe by the CDC.

The guests joining Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss for this special discussion include Heidi Parker from Immunize Nevada and Abbi Whitaker, an HPV-related cancer survivor in Reno.

Read more
Local Stories
11:05 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Reno Police Mission In Ukraine Cut Short

Five Reno police officers are returning from Ukraine early after being pulled from a training mission there. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the Reno City Council voted this week to bring the officers back because of concerns over safety and limited resources at home.

Read more
Local Stories
4:16 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Nevada AG Testifies That Immigration Executive Order Is Unconstitutional

Adam Laxalt testifying before the House Judiciary Committee against President Obama's executive order on immigration.
Credit Republican Attorneys General Association

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt spoke to a congressional committee Wednesday about President Obama's executive order on immigration, saying it's an unconstitutional overreach of power. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

While testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Laxalt insisted that the lawsuit challenging Obama's executive order "...is not about immigration. It's not about politics. It's about the rule of law and our constitutional system. This lawsuit transcends policy differences and seeks to prevent legislation from being usurped by executive fiat."

Read more
Local Stories
9:58 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Citizens Group Votes No On Bus Fare Hikes

One of the RTC's electric buses at the 4th Street Station in downtown Reno.

A citizens advisory group says bus fares should not go up in Washoe County. Now they must figure out other ways to close a multi-million-dollar funding gap that will soon hit public transit each year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Read more
Local Stories
1:42 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Farmers In Fallon Bare Drought And All Its Hardships

Rick Lattin of Lattin Farms in Fallon

NOTE: This story originally aired on April 23, 2014.

As Northern Nevada continues enduring emergency drought conditions, we keep hearing that the snow pack is meager at less than half the norm. But what does that figure really mean for people who depend on the run-off, like our farmers? KUNR’s Michelle Bliss visited Lattin Farms in Fallon to find out how their crops—and emotions—are faring.

Read more
Local Stories
1:30 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Dairy Farmers Brace For Effects Of Drought

Isidro Alves at his dairy farm in Fallon.

NOTE: This story originally aired on April 28, 2014.

Last week, we explored how severe drought conditions are affecting grain farmers in Northern Nevada. With less water to go around, there will be smaller harvests and lower profits. This week, KUNR’s Michelle Bliss is taking a look at how growing less grain in the region will affect dairy farmers like Isidro Alves, the owner of Sand Hill Dairy in Fallon.

Read more
Local Stories
11:43 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Healing Across The Sierra: Horses Helping Adults With Depression, Anxiety

Laurie Roberts, co-founder of NEAT, horsing around with Cody.

NOTE: This story originally aired on March 31, 2014.

For the last four years, Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, or N.E.A.T, in Reno has often offered its horse therapy to children and teens with severe physical or cognitive issues, like cerebral palsy and autism. But as Michelle Bliss reports for KUNR’s series: Healing across the Sierra, a new clientele is emerging—adults looking for alternative ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Read more
Local Stories
11:13 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Where Do Words Like Snowmageddon And Staycation Come From?

Author Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl

The weather remains unseasonably warm and dry in Northern Nevada, but as harsh winter weather keeps slamming the East Coast,  we've been hearing terms like snowmageddon and snowpocalypse in the national news.

Read more
Business + Economy
1:18 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Solar Jobs Shed Economic Light On Nevada

Solar panels on a residential rooftop in Phoenix, Arizona.
Credit SolarCity

Nevada is leading the nation in solar industry job growth. A new report from a nonprofit called the Solar Foundation says Nevada has the most solar jobs per-capita nationwide.

Just last year, the state added 3,500 jobs in that field, and a lot of those employees work for SolarCity in Southern Nevada. They've hired a thousand new workers since last spring.

Read more
Local Stories
5:44 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Healing Across the Sierra: One Snowboarder's Recovery

Snowboarder Danny Toumarkine at the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, California.

NOTE: This story aired on January 24, 2014.

Professional snowboarder Danny Toumarkine suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011, leaving him with a ten percent chance of living. Danny was hospitalized for a month and has endured four brain surgeries. For KUNR’s series Healing Across the Sierra, Michelle Bliss reports that Danny is recovering with help from the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, a group offering grants to snow sports athletes with life-altering injuries.

Read more