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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Education
4:37 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Nevada's graduation rate dips

Nevada's graduation rate went down last year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The graduation rate for Nevada's Class of 2014 dipped just slightly to 70 percent. That's less than 1 percentage point below the previous year, according to the Nevada Department of Education.

In Washoe County, the graduation rate held steady at 72 percent. Traci Davis is interim superintendent for the district.  

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Education
9:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Head of WCSD: More capital, infrastructure, and outreach needed in 2015

Traci Davis is interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools and delivered her State of Education address Thursday.

Traci Davis became interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools when Pedro Martinez was relieved of his duties last summer. It was a decision by the board of trustees that kicked off a long and costly legal process for the district.

Davis delivered her state of education address Thursday night and joins Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray to talk about goals for 2015 and the obstacles standing ahead.

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Business + Economy
8:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Concern growing over possible bus service cuts in Washoe

Mark Tadder has relied on bus service more and more over the past few years as his vision has failed.

People in Washoe County who struggle to get around town could have an even harder time if bus routes are cut, which could happen if the transportation commission can't find more money. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Mark Tadder lives just a quick walk from a bus stop in northwest Reno, and that’s no accident.

“I started riding the bus in earnest about a year ago when my vision failed and I wasn’t really able to walk so much and get around that way.”

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Local Stories
3:32 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Is medical marijuana a public safety threat?

A district attorney in Northern Nevada says medical marijuana poses a new threat to public safety. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports it’s at the top of the list for Washoe County at an upcoming summit hosted by the state’s attorney general.

Sheriffs, chiefs and district attorneys from across the state will come together at the event in early February to collaborate on ways to make their communities safer.

Washoe County District Attorney Christopher Hicks will share what he’s learned from other states about the public safety issues caused by marijuana.

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Politics and Policy
5:13 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Sandoval sworn in for second term

Governor Sandoval and a slate of other Republican leaders were sworn in Monday as Nevada's next crew of constitutional officers.
Credit gov.nv.gov

On the state capitol steps in Carson City Monday, Governor Brian Sandoval was sworn in for his second term after a landslide victory in November. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that several other Republican leaders joined him to take their oaths as constitutional officers for Nevada.

The ceremony was actually the only inaugural program in the country presented entirely by children. Kids emceed the event and performed poetry, music, and prayer, including a violin duo who played the state song "Home Means Nevada."

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Local Stories
9:43 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Financial literacy program for low-income teens expanding in Reno

Low-income, working teens learning how to set financial goals and meet them.
Credit MyPath Savings

Next year, a financial literacy program for low-income, working teens will be expanding in Northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details. 

This year, 85 high school students in Reno, along with more rural areas like Dayton and Virginia City, took part in the MyPath Savings program which required them to open bank accounts, set financial goals for themselves, and save a portion of their paychecks. On average, this year's participants pocketed a fifth of their earnings.

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Education
4:28 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

TMCC launching UAV certificate program

UAV technology designed by Reno-based Drone America. The company is working with TMCC to help train students in unmanned aerial systems.
Credit Drone America

A former military contractor who spent the past three years flying drones in Iraq and Afghanistan is building a brand new curriculum at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that starting next semester, Mark Sharp will be training students how to operate and repair unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Arts and Culture
4:18 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Interview: A look back on UNR professor's Shakespeare folio find

Credit University of Nevada, Reno

As the year draws to a close and we reflect on the significant moments of 2014, one that stands out is Eric Rasmussen’s voyage from Reno to a library in France where he identified one of Shakespeare’s original folios last month.

Now, 233 of the 800 first folios have been found, and since no manuscripts by Shakespeare survive, these rare texts have helped preserve many of his plays.

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Local Stories
1:10 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Advocates: More data, training needed to combat domestic violence in Nevada

Credit Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence

Setting up a statewide data system to track domestic violence offenses is one of several recommendations just released from a committee spearheaded by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the group suggests that data go hand-in-hand with more specialized training for first responders working with victims. 

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Business + Economy
12:05 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Nevada could hit pre-recession job numbers by 2017

Nevada's Chief Economist Bill Anderson says the state is gaining jobs in all sectors, including one of its hardest hit--construction.

The number of jobs in Nevada could return to pre-recession levels by the end of 2017. That's the latest prediction from the state's chief economist Bill Anderson. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

During the recession, Nevada lost 175,000 of its nearly 1.3 million jobs. Bill Anderson, chief economist for the state's Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, says Nevada has been slowly rebuilding its labor force over the past four years.

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