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
4:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Liberian faith leader in Reno sounds call for help with ebola crisis

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While the World Health Organization is reporting more than 2,200 deaths from the ebola outbreak in West Africa, Reverend Father Elijah Bobby Washington is stuck in the United States, here in Reno, unable to fly home to Liberia.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss spoke with Father Bobby to get the latest update on the deteriorating conditions in his home country.

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Local Stories
10:50 am
Wed September 10, 2014

UNR tries new approach for treating suicidal students

Area colleges, including UNR and TMCC, have been hosting events for suicide prevention week, including backpack campaigns to symbolize the roughly 1,100 college students who commit suicide in the U.S. each year. UNR is also starting a pilot program to try a new treatment option for suicidal students called CAMS.
Credit Truckee Meadows Community College

It’s Suicide Prevention Week and along with hosting a series of events on campus, the counseling center at the University of Nevada, Reno is rethinking how to treat its most vulnerable students. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that this semester the center is hosting a trial study for a new approach in the hopes of saving more young lives.

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Local Stories
12:19 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Pilot dies at Reno Air Races

Lee Behel died Monday after crashing his plane during a qualifying event for the Reno Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport.
Credit www.aafo.com

A pilot has died after crashing his plane at the Reno National Championship Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport Monday afternoon. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that the tragedy is a painful reminder of the event’s 2011 crash that killed 11 people, most of them spectators in the grandstand.

Lee Behel was a racing veteran from San Jose who flew planes in both the Air Force and the Nevada National Guard. He was also the father of two sons.

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Local Stories
9:51 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Public safety in Incline Village: Washoe County Sheriff candidates have different views

Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

The crime rate in Incline Village has been falling for the past several years, but Chuck Allen, a candidate for sheriff in the November election, says that fact is misleading. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports.

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Energy and Environment
4:15 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Nevada will create protection plan for native bees

Photo from www.agriview.com.

State wildlife officials say they are concerned that climate change and urbanization might diminish the native bee population. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports the Nevada Department of Agriculture is putting together guidelines to protect these important pollinators of natural plants.

Jeff Knight is the state’s entomologist. His job is primarily to keep the bad bugs out and to monitor the ones that are vital to the local environment.

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Local Stories
5:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway nearing completion

Credit Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

An effort to connect Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake with a 116-mile trail for bicyclists is getting closer to completion. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway recently opened its newest section in California along the Truckee River.

With a new section of bikeway now open in Nevada County, California, the project is seventy-five percent complete. It's a combination of paved roads, existing dirt trails, and sections of new trails, with funding coming from both federal programs and private donations.

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12:48 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State reprimands WCSD for missing deadline to change special education policy

State officials are telling the Washoe County School District it must change the way it handles Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs, for special needs students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that some funding for the district could be at stake if the issue is not addressed swiftly.

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12:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

TMCC opening new health sciences center next fall

A rendering of TMCC's forthcoming health science center, slated to open next fall.
Credit Trcuckee Meadows Community College

Construction plans are being finalized for a new health science center at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the facility at TMCC's Redfield campus in south Reno will lay the foundation for future expansion to the school's nursing program.

The $10 million project includes renovating an existing building along with constructing a new facility that will house a high-tech nursing simulation lab resembling real-world conditions.

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Business + Economy
4:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Watchdog groups demand transparency on Tesla incentives

Credit Tesla Motors

Nevada and four other Western states are serious contenders for Tesla Motor’s $5 billion battery plant. This week, several watchdog groups issued a public letter asking all those states to tell taxpayers what they are offering to entice the electric carmaker, which is asking for about $500 million in tax breaks and incentives.

Bob Fulkerson is with one of the advocacy groups, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. He says the letter makes several demands of the state governments involved in negotiations with Tesla:

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Local Stories
5:10 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

State of the City: Reno planning for financial future while facing steep debt

Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger delivers Wednesday's State of the City address in the Reno City Council chambers.

At Wednesday's State of the City address in Reno, officials said they've been doing more with less since their workforce has shrunk by a third in recent years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss was there and has the details.

Over the past five years, the City has gone from employing 1,600 people back in 2009 to less than 1,100 right now. Along with overcoming those staffing hurdles, City Manager Andrew Clinger, who delivered the speech, says Reno is also planning ahead for a solid financial future.

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