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
11:03 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Sen. Reid celebrates lands bills after lame duck session

As he wraps up his tenure as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is celebrating the recent passage of several Nevada lands bills that will create a national monument for the fossil beds at Tule Springs. In this photo, Eric Scott, the curator of paleontology for San Bernardino County Museum in California, describes a seven-foot tusk found at the Tule Springs site in North Las Vegas. The tusk belonged to a Colombian Mammoth, one of the many animals that roamed the Nevada desert thousands of years ago.
Credit Airman 1st Class Jamie Nicley / U.S. Air Force

After six years as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is leaving that post, now that Republicans control that chamber. Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell will soon step into that role while Reid transitions to leading the minority. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with Reid just after the Senate wrapped up its session this week to look back on his tenure, including the recent passage of several Nevada lands bills.

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Local Stories
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

In the works: Transitional housing for inmates in Reno

Officials from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the state of Nevada, and local municipalities broke ground Tuesday on a transitional housing center for former prisoners in Reno.

The state broke ground Tuesday in Reno on a transitional housing facility for former inmates to help them successfully integrate back into the community. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the project is funded by a unique revenue-sharing agreement between Nevada and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

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Local Stories
12:03 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Reno Police and advocates say domestic violence can spike during holidays

The holidays often involve joyful celebrations for many, but starting next week, the Reno Police Department expects to receive an uptick in domestic violence calls. The need for help from local support groups also goes up this season.

Last year Reno Police saw a 40% increase in domestic violence reports on Christmas day and the week leading up to it.   

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Local Stories
1:37 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Thousands of Nevadans could see big healthcare bills next month

Roughly 10,000 Nevadans have signed up for health plans through the state insurance exchange so far this enrollment period for coverage starting January 1st. But Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that tens of thousands of others, who signed up in the past, could end up having their federal subsidies delayed for not re-enrolling this time around.

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"Beyond the Headlines"
1:20 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Grammar Girl: Gifting vs. Giving and other holiday language gripes

Author Mignon Fogarty or Grammar Girl is the creator of the Quick and Dirty Tips network, which offers podcasts on just about every grammatical subject imaginable.

Every month, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss catches up with author Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, to talk about the intricacies and quirks of the English language. Today, with the holidays fast approaching, the two explore some grammatical gripes specific to the season.

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Local Stories
12:10 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Reno Police stepping up public outreach, but local NAACP says more can be done

Officer Tim Broadway chatting with Reno resident at "Cup with a Cop" event.

The recent police shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked demonstrations nationwide.

In light of that situation, the Reno Police Department is stepping up their efforts to reach out to businesses and residents to build stronger community relationships, but the Reno-Sparks NAACP says that’s not enough.

Several officers are gathered at a bakery in South Reno, but they’re not investigating a crime.

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Politics and Policy
3:51 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Interview: David Bobzien on his goals for Reno

David Bobzien was sworn in as the at-large member of Reno City Council last week.
Credit City of Reno

From a pool of 74 applicants, the Reno City Council chose David Bobzien as its newest member. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss caught up with the former state assemblyman to learn about his immediate priorities for the post, which include bolstering the city's role in improving public education.

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Local Stories
5:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Medical residency program for Reno gets green light

A partnership between Renown Regional Medical Center and the University of Nevada School of Medicine has been given the final green light from the state board of regents. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the project is expected to increase the number of medical residencies in Northern Nevada by fifty percent in coming years.

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Local Stories
5:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Significant Mackay Stadium upgrades approved

Mackay Stadium
Credit University of Nevada, Reno

Next year, Mackay Stadium on the University of Nevada, Reno campus will undergo renovations costing more than $11 million. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports the Nevada Board of Regents approved the plan Friday.

Construction is expected to get underway a year from now so the upgrades can be done before the 2016 season. Doug Knuth, UNR's director of athletics, says that, right now, the stadium poses some real safety concerns that need to be addressed.

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Local Stories
8:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Audit finds department of education was slow to revoke licenses from arrested teachers

A Nevada audit recently revealed that the department of education takes too much time to revoke the licenses of teachers who’ve been arrested for a variety of offenses, including sex crimes.  The average wait time is more than a year.

The audit examined 13 cases last year in which a person holding a Nevada education license was arrested for a crime, after which the state took up to 1,200 days to revoke their license.  

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