Natalie Van Hoozer

Student Reporter

Natalie Van Hoozer is a Reno native who grew up listening to KUNR. When she was young, she thought "radio" and "KUNR" were the same word.

She is currently a junior majoring in journalism and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno. She loves languages and expanding her cultural awareness and will be studying in Madrid, Spain, during the spring of 2017.

One day she plans to be a bilingual journalist and travel the world. Before that time comes, she hopes to make a positive impact on the Reno community with original, accurate reporting.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, taking pictures, playing piano and writing poetry/short stories.

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La iglesia del Ministerio Palabra de Vida en Reno organizó un foro con agencias de seguridad y organizaciones de la comunidad para conversar sobre temas para inmigrantes y refugiados. La reportera Natalie Van Hoozer tiene la historia.

Todos los asientos de Ministerio Palabra de Vida estaban ocupados, con cientos de miembros de las distintas comunidades de la ciudad.

Para el Pastor Cesar Minera, la ubicación del foro en su iglesia fue crucial para la asistencia al evento.   

Panelists included Reno law enforcement, Councilman Oscar Delgado and the Northern Nevada International Center's Carina Black.
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A Reno church held a forum this week in partnership with local law enforcement and community organizations to cover topics for immigrants and refugees. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has the story. 

All the seats in Ministerio Palabra de Vida were full, with more than 100 community members. For Pastor Cesar Minera, the location for the forum played a big role in the attendance.

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The deadline for people to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status is fast approaching, and northern Nevadans are organizing legal help. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has the story. 

Current beneficiaries of DACA will only be able to renew their status if their paperwork is received by the Department of Homeland Security by October 5. 

Mayra and Alberto Villa selling Buñuelos and ribbon fries at Fiesta on Wells.
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Fiesta on Wells is an annual street fair celebrating Latino culture in Reno. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer stopped by to learn more. 

Wells Avenue is known for its Latino restaurants and businesses. For this event, the street is lined with booths for nonprofit organizations and vendors.

Their tables are piled high with leatherwork, brightly painted crafts, and food.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto introduces a small business resource guide at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has released a small business resource guide in both English and Spanish. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has more.

Cortez Masto introduced the business guide to about 40 people at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce last week.

The booklet has information about topics that are confusing for many people, like federal grants and what advising agencies business owners can utilize.

Xóchítl Pāpalōtl organized the Walk Out In Support Of DACA Students and speaks to the crowd gathered in front of the Knowledge Center.
Stephanie Serrano

Today in Reno, like in many cities across the nation, protestors spoke out against President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also announced that Trump is giving Congress six months to find a legislative solution. KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano has more. 

There have been multiple local protests, including one in front of the Federal Courthouse Building and another on the UNR campus.

Maria Toca, Reno resident and the first person nationwide to be granted DACA status.
Andrea Jimenez

The White House has stated that President Trump will announce his decision about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday and Nevadans are reacting. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has more. 

Those with DACA lived in the U.S. illegally when they were young, and the program protects them from deportation. Maria Toca entered the U.S. on a visa, but it expired before she gained legal status. She was the first person in the nation to receive DACA. Today in a Facebook video, she voiced her concern about the possible end to the program.

The Tunnel Camp mining site.
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The Bureau of Land Management has a team of employees who find and block off abandoned mines in the state of Nevada. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer tagged along for a rural road trip to find out more. 

Instructors Spencer Allen (left) and Connor Fogal (middle) work with camp participant Logan Mason (right).
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Teens have been participating in an inclusive street art camp for Artown, where artists with disabilities and without disabilities work together to create sculptures for public spaces. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer stopped by to find out more.

Maury Centeno (second from right) owns Safety Glass, a shop for replacing broken windshields.
Natalie Van Hoozer

For many, entrepreneurship can be a difficult process. Now, imagine trying to start a business in a foreign country.  

In Reno, some Latina business owners say this journey has been challenging for them due to cultural differences and language barriers.

While a few of Maury Centeno’s employees sand down a windshield, she’s in the white-walled office next door typing away on her computer. She owns Safety Glass, a windshield replacement company in Reno.

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