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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"Beyond the Headlines"
5:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

KUNR's spooky edition of Grammar Girl

Author Mignon Fogarty

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.

For Halloween, the two had several spooky topics to explore, including why Halloween sometimes has an apostrophe in it, where the word "brouhaha" comes from, and what in the world a ghost word is. Listen if you dare!

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Local Stories
4:43 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Governor Sandoval sings with school children to set world record

Governor Brian Sandoval along with First Lady Kathleen Sandoval meet with students and faculty to sing Nevada state song.
Credit Photo by Anh Gray

Nevada celebrates 150 years of statehood at the end of October. There have been many events this year celebrating it’s history and culture. At a recent event, thousands of people across Nevada belted out the state song to set a world record, including more than 400 boisterous elementary school students in Reno.

The kids were dressed in an array of storybook and superhero costumes for Halloween and they gathered in the school cafeteria, so that at 10 a.m. sharp, they could break out into song. A special guest who was helping them set the record became unexpectedly emotional.

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Local Stories
2:54 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Honoring those lost in battle: a traveling exhibit

Photographs of service members lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars are displayed on the "Wall of the Dead."
Credit Photo courtesy of Western Nevada College

A traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars is making its way across the Silver State. The Nevada 150 Commission selected the display as an official sesquicentennial event. The exhibit's next stop is at Great Basin College in Elko, where visitors will see the faces of nearly 7,000 service members lost in battle.

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Local Stories
2:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

$16 million grant will help connect downtown Reno to Sparks, but transit needs persist

One of four electric buses introduced into the RTC's fleet earlier this year. With this new project better connecting downtown Reno to downtown Sparks, an additional four new electric buses will be making runs.

Transportation officials are celebrating a $16 million federal grant that they'll use to better connect bus lines from downtown Reno to downtown Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended Tuesday's press conference at Reno's 4th Street bus station where discussion of the project spurred a larger conversation about the compounding transportation needs in Washoe County and nationwide. 

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Politics and Policy
1:59 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

State treasurer candidates vow to replenish Millennium Scholarship funds

Roughly 6,000 students receive Millennium Scholarships to help pay for tuition to state schools like the University of Nevada, Reno.
Credit University of Nevada, Reno

Funding for Nevada's Millennium Scholarships is slated to run out in the next several years. The program is overseen by the state treasurer, a post that's up for grabs this election, and both major party candidates agree these scholarships are critical to maintain for Nevada families. But Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports they offer different ideas for keeping the program alive.

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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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