Michelle Bliss

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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!

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Politics and Policy
9:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Washoe Sheriff candidate's plan to recruit volunteers under scrutiny

Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen

An organization representing more than thirty law enforcement agencies across the state is voicing its concern for a proposal by Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen to revitalize the county's reserve deputy program, which currently has nine volunteer participants. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Allen says the sheriff's office needs more boots on the ground since about 100 positions have been cut in the past several years.

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Local Stories
8:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Sparks Middle School shooting: Grief and healing one year later

Credit Washoe County Schools

One year ago, 12-year-old Jose Reyes opened fire at Sparks Middle School, killing teacher Michael Landsberry and himself, along with injuring two students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports students and teachers are gathering Tuesday afternoon in the school's gymnasium to embrace, remember, and heal.

Instead of holding a formal, public event to mark this tragedy, administrators are opting for a quiet, unstructured get-together after classes let out. Overwhelmingly, students and staff have voiced their desire for a typical school day.

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Local Stories
9:37 am
Tue October 14, 2014

National Wounded Warrior Center: a healing place for veterans

Credit Photo from National Wounded Warrior Center

Transitioning out of the military can be uniquely challenging, especially for veterans dealing with an injury or illness. That's why a nonprofit in Mammoth Lakes, California is planning to open a National Wounded Warrior Center. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that veterans, and even active service members, will be able to live at the center, healing physically and emotionally as they make the leap into civilian life.

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Local Stories
12:01 am
Fri October 10, 2014

First gay couple receives marriage license in Washoe

Karen Goody and Karen Vibe hold their marriage license, the first same-sex marriage license to be issued in Washoe County.

After a confusing series of legal twists and turns this week that left gay couples across Nevada in limbo, Reno residents Karen Goody and Karen Vibe received their same-sex marriage license just after 5 o'clock Thursday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss was there at the Washoe County Clerk's Office as the couple celebrated, embraced, and started planning for their upcoming nuptials.

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Politics and Policy
12:14 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Secretary of State candidates disagree on election reform, voter ID laws

Secretary of state candidates State Senator Barbara Cegavske (Republican) and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall (Democrat).

State Senator Barbara Cegavske and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall disagreed on both election reform and voter ID laws during thir first debate as secretary of state candidates. That office oversees Nevada's election process and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details on the race.

Marshall, a Democrat, criticized her opponent Cegavske, a Republican, for voting multiple times against major campaign reform. Along with increasing how often campaign finances are reported, Marshall said she wants more transparency regarding gifts from lobbyists.

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Local Stories
11:44 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Could drones help blind athletes?

A UNR unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

A serious health concern for many blind people is a lack of exercise because they may not have easy access to it. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that a researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno is exploring how drones could provide a solution.

 

If a blind person wants to run safely, they can always hop on a treadmill.

"...but that's kind of boring," says Eelke Folmer, an associate professor of computer science at UNR.

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Local Stories
12:37 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

UNR opens autonomous systems research center

This is Marie, a robot that UNR students are training to do collaborative tasks with humans, like baking a cake, in order to study robot/human interactions. Robots are just one of many autonomous systems being studied at NAASIC.

Robots, aerial and underwater drones, driverless road vehicles, and pretty much any other autonomous system you can imagine are being explored by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno. With $3 million from the state, the school is opening the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center or NAASIC to house these projects. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details.

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"Beyond the Headlines"
2:14 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

More than half of transgender people face family rejection when coming out

Dr. Tory Clark is a clinical sexologist and UNR instructor who works with transgender clients. She’ll present some of her research at an open house in Reno for the Transgender Allies Group or TAG on Saturday. In that talk, she’ll explore best practices for counseling families when a transgender child first comes out.

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Business + Economy
1:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

New annual event will celebrate Reno as birthplace of blue jeans

Chris Baum with the RSCVA says the organization's forthcoming Blue Genes Jam will recognize Reno as the birthplace of blue jeans.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor's Authority or RSCVA has announced it's planning a new annual event for the region celebrating the fact that blue jeans were invented in the Biggest Little City. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended the recent press conference to learn more.

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Politics and Policy
1:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Schieve and Pezonella clash on firefighting staff levels

Reno mayoral candidates faced off at a debate Thursday hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Reno mayoral candidates Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella agree on many issues...but not on staffing levels for public safety personnel, like firefighters. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that this contention came up at a debate Thursday.

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